Genus: Laurus (laurels)
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Two species, native to the Mediterranean region,
Canary Islands and the Azores. Both species are cultivated in southern Africa,
including Laurus nobilis, from which we
obtain bay leaves, used in seasoning food.
Species cultivated in southern Africa
List from Glen (2002).
Laurus azorica (Canary laurel)
Native to the Azores and the Canary Islands.
Laurus nobilis (Bay
The bay leaves we use in seasoning
food are derived from this tree. Native to the Mediterranean.