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Unknown plant

Observed: 26th June 2012 By: jonmortin
Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) interacts

Comments

lavateraguy's picture

Scale?

I don't think it is Prunus laurocerasus.

How large are the leaves?

The leaves are minutely and sparsely serrate, which might help someone with an identification.

jonmortin's picture

Can't remember exactly but

Can't remember exactly but they look slightly smaller than the beech leaves in the surrounding litter.

steve_t's picture

Definitely resembles the

Definitely resembles the seedling P. laurocerasus seedling we regularly find growing in the garden. It starts to produce the typical more oblong shaped leaves in the second/third year of growth. Unfortunately Stace does not describe the leaf margin but in "The Vegetative Key to the British Flora", John Poland and Eric Clement (2009), the leaves are described as weakly serrate. As an additionally aid to identification, if crushed the leaves of P. laurocerasus have an almond scent.

Rachy Ramone's picture

But don't breathe too deeply...

....as that almond scent is created by the poisonous agent hydrogen cyanide (prussic acid) found within the leaves and the pips.

Probably wouldn't harm you outdoors, at this time of year, but the leaves are still used by entomologists to kill beetles and bugs for study.

Rachy Ramone

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