Laurelia sempervirens (also called Chilean Laurel or Chilean Sassafras) is a species of Evergreen tree in the Atherospermataceae (formerly Monimiaceae) family. It is endemic to Chile. It occurs 34-41 South Latitude.
Cultivation and uses
Its wood is pale-yellowish, with growth rings little notorious and homogeneous and fine texture. It is threatened by habitat loss.
It has been introduced into Spain and into CornwallTrebah plant and tree inventory 2007, ISBN 0-9521952-1-6: The Trebah specimens of L. Sempervirens are catalogued as TB141 and TB198. The latter had a girth of 1.63 metres and a height of 19.05 metres in 2007. There is also a mature specimen at Enys garden, labelled as a "Peruvian laurel". There are probably several other mature specimens in gardens in Cornwall. and planted in Sussex in the UK.
Gonzalez, M. 1998. Laurelia sempervirens. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 22 August 2007.
Laurelia sempervirens in Encyclopedia of Chilean Flora
Images of Laurelia sempervirens from 'Chilebosque Web site
Plants for a future database: Laurelia sempervirens. - British commentary on this tree.
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