(Upload on September 23 2021) [ 日本語 | English ]

Laurus nobilis L.

Mount Usu / Sarobetsu post-mined peatland
From left: Crater basin in 1986 and 2006. Cottongrass / Daylily

Laurus L. (ゲッケイジュ)

Lifeform: evergreen trees or shrubs
L. azorica, (Seub.) Franco, Azores laurel or Macaronesian laurel
L. nobilis L. (ゲッケイジュ)
L. novocanariensis, Rivas Mart., Lousâ, Fern. Prieto, E. Díaz, J. C. Costa et C. Aguiar

Laurus nobilis transplanted in Japan

Gekkeiju (ゲッケイジュ, 月桂樹), laurel, bay laurel, sweet bay, true laurel, Grecian laurel, or bay tree (UK)
Lifeform: evergreen shrub or short tree
Distribution: native to Mediterranean region
Habitat: forests developed by itself (only remnants remain in a few small regions)
Use: ornamental, medicine (fruit as stomach medicine and anti-rheumatoid drug) and seasoning

[1-3] in a herb garden at the roof floor of National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo, on August 19 2021.