Taxon  Report   8183 
Umbellularia californica  (Hook. & Arn.) Nutt.
Bay laurel,  California bay, California laurel, bay tree, Oregon myrtle
Umbellularia californica
© 2006 Chris Wagner, SBNF
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Umbellularia californica
© 2003 Michael Charters
Umbellularia californica
© 2008 Keir Morse
Umbellularia californica, a dicot, is a tree that is native to California and is found only slightly beyond California borders.

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Umbellularia californica
© 2005 Brian L. Anacker
Genus: Umbellularia
Chaparral, Foothill Woodland, Yellow Pine Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Redwood Forest, wetland-riparian
Habitat: canyons [Walker]
Wetlands:Equally likely to occur in wetlands or non wetlands [U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.]
Toxicity: DERMATITIS   [California Poison Control System 2010]    
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Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
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TJM2: Umbellularia californica var. fresnensis
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This plant is available commercially.
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2016. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Oct 23, 2016).

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