Alternative common names:
Indiese lourier (Afrikaans)
Indian laurel is an evergreen shrub or tree growing 6-10m high resembling avocado pear. Mature trees have a rounded crown. It has lance-shaped with slightly wavy margins. Yellow-orange flowers in small axillary flat-topped heads appear in summer from October to May.
Where does this species come from?Himalayas and south-east Asia.
What is its invasive status in South Africa?CARA Category 1; NEMBA Category 1b
Where in South Africa is it a problem?KwaZulu-Natal, especially around Durban.
How does it spread?Seed dispersal.
Why is it a problem?
A habitat transformer which competes against indigenous plants.
What does it look like?
Evergreen shrub or tree growing 6-10m high resembling avocado pear. Mature trees have a rounded crown.
Leaves:Lance-shaped and glabrous above with slightly wavy margins. Each leaf is 70-150mm long.
Flowers:Yellow-orange flowers in small axillary flat-topped heads. Appear in summer from October to May.
Fruit/seeds:Pea-sized shiny black berries seated on a disc with one seed inside.
Does the plant have any uses?
Used as an ornament, but now invasive.