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PORTUGAL LAUREL

Prunus lusitanica

Rose Family [Rosaceae]

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22nd June 2010, Resr, Holker Hall, Cark. Photo: © RWD
A small tree up to 8 metres.


22nd June 2010, Resr, Holker Hall, Cark. Photo: © RWD
Unlike Cherry Laurel where the panicles of flowers stick bolt upright, here they droop downwards below the horizontal.


22nd June 2010, Resr, Holker Hall, Cark. Photo: © RWD
Un-opened flower buds are almost spherical. Opened flowers have five petals and many conspicuously long stamens.


22nd June 2010, Resr, Holker Hall, Cark. Photo: © RWD
Each panicle has flowers on just the uppermost side of the flowering stem.


22nd June 2010, Resr, Holker Hall, Cark. Photo: © RWD
The stamens stick out radially well beyond the petals.


22nd June 2010, Resr, Holker Hall, Cark. Photo: © RWD
Five white petals (which can fall off) and ten to 15 stamens bearing fawn-coloured pollen.


22nd June 2010, Resr, Holker Hall, Cark. Photo: © RWD
The central Ovary is lime-green, within a deep yellow-coloured well.


22nd June 2010, Resr, Holker Hall, Cark. Photo: © RWD
This double-flower (sharing the panicle with normal single flowers) has two ovaries within the yellow hairy centre, and about twice as many stamens, numbering 24. It probably has twice as many petals too, at ten.


22nd June 2010, Resr, Holker Hall, Cark. Photo: © RWD
Un-opened flower buds have five light-green stubby triangular sepals, with short red hairs at the tip.


22nd June 2010, Resr, Holker Hall, Cark. Photo: © RWD
The stalks can be dark-red.


22nd June 2010, Resr, Holker Hall, Cark. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are a darker green and more pointed than those of Cherry Laurel. Leaves glossy green, with fine bluntish teeth.


Some similarities to : Cherry Laurel but that has shorter flower panicles that sit bolt upright rather than at an angle towards the ground, has thicker and lighter green leaves which are less pointed than those of Portugal Laurel.

Not to be confused with: Bog-Laurel, Spurge-Laurel, Mountain-Laurel or Spotted Laurel [plants with similar names].


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PORTUGAL LAUREL

Prunus lusitanica

Rose Family [Rosaceae]

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