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Umbellularia californica  (Hook. & Arn.) Nutt.
Bay laurel,   California bay,   California laurel, bay tree,   Oregon myrtle
Umbellularia californica is a tree that is native to California, and found only slightly beyond California borders.
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Genus: Umbellularia
Family: Lauraceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: magnoliid

Toxicity: DERMATITIS

Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Habitat: canyons

Communities: Redwood Forest, Yellow Pine Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, wetland-riparian

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEFUmbellularia californica var. fresnensis
Information about  Umbellularia californica from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (UMCA)

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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]. 2022. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 12/02/2022).