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habit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
older stem and leaf stalks (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
leaves (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of leaf and leaf underside (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
flowers and immature fruit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of flowers (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
elongated clusters of mature fruit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of the shiny black fruit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of dried fruit (Photo: Tracey Slotta at USDA PLANTS Database)
seedlings (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
Prunus lusitanica L.
Amygdalaceae (New South Wales)Rosaceae (Queensland, the ACT, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia)
Portugal laurel, Portuguese laurel, Portuguese laurel cherry
Native to south-western Europe (i.e. Portugal, Spain and south-western France), the Azores, the Madeira Islands, the Canary Islands and north-western Africa (i.e. Morocco).
This species is becoming widely naturalised in south-eastern Australia. It has been recorded in the central tablelands region in New South Wales, in some parts of Victoria and in south-eastern South Australia. It is possibly also naturalised in Tasmania.
Also naturalised overseas in western USA (i.e. California and Oregon) and New Zealand.
Portuguese laurel (Prunus lusitanica) is regarded as an environmental weed in Victoria and New South Wales.
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