A large evergreen shrub, Prunus laurocerasus, native to the Balkans and West Africa. The cyanogenic glycosides in the cut leaves have been used to soften dried fibrous tissues, such as bird skins and pressed plants.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Prunus laurocerasus; cherrylaurel; common laurel
Physical and Chemical Properties
- Dense, wide shrub growing to 8 m
- Bark=reddish to grayish brown.
- Leaves=alternate, simple ovate (5-14 cm long) with shiny, green surface.
Resources and Citations
- Thomas Gutebier - Cons Dist List (5/8/01) referred to German Preparators Association magazine Der Praparator 1:2001, p. 13-31
- Virginia Tech Dendrology website at www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/main.htm (Accessed Dec. 9, 2005)
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_laurel (Accessed Dec. 9, 2005)