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Laurel leaf galls?

Observed: 27th April 2011 By: kcf32
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course completeShropshire Wildlife Trust
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Laurel galls 2011-04-27
Laurel galls 2011-04-27 1
Description:

A couple of growths on what I believe is a laurel leaf. Are these galls? If so, is it possible to say what caused them?

Identifications

No identification made yet.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

orangehoof's picture

Can't help with ID I'm

Can't help with ID I'm afraid, but they look like they might be the same thing as this:
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/115078?nav=users_observations

kcf32's picture

Laurel markings

I will check the laurel when I am next in the area to see if they have developed into the forms you observed.

However I have now checked through the British Plant Galls AIDGAP guide and there are no gall listed under Laurel, or its scientific name. So it is 1) a new gall; 2) not a gall, or 3) (most likely) I have mis-identified the tree.

Keith

petershirley's picture

Galls on laurel

These may well be galls, but what are they actually on? The common name 'laurel' is given in whole or part to a variety of otherwise unrelated plants, including some in the genus Prunus.

Peter Shirley

kcf32's picture

Laurel galls

I thought it was a laurel but now I am not so sure. I need to check the plant.

Keith

petershirley's picture

Laurel gall

Looking more closely at the photos it looks as if these are bay leaves - is this likely?

Peter Shirley

kcf32's picture

Laurel/bay

Sorry, I have not had chance to revisit with my tree book. Will update the post when I do.

Keith

kcf32's picture

Tree species

I have taken another look at the bush. I am unable to identify it with any certainty. It is not Laurel and it is not Bay (thanks for the suggestion). I am favouring Cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus).

Keith