Gard. Dict. Abr. ed. 4. 1754, name conserved
Tropical and subtropical regions, Western Hemisphere.
Species ca. 150 (3 in the flora).
Persea americana Miller, the avocado of commerce, with large, fleshy fruits and deciduous tepals, is widely grown in California and Florida. It may persist after cultivation.
Pubescence type and density are the most reliable characteristics in identifying species and are best seen on young leaves and branches.
|1||Pubescence of branches and leaves erect, crisped; peduncle longer than subtending leaf petiole.||Persea palustris|
|1||Pubescence of branches and leaves appressed; peduncle equal to or shorter than subtending leaf petiole.||> 2|
|2||Abaxial leaf surface moderately pubescent, glabrescent with age; leaf blade 6–16 cm.||Persea borbonia|
|2||Abaxial leaf surface densely pubescent, appearing sooty with age; leaf blade 5–8 cm.||Persea humilis|
|Author||B. Eugene Wofford +|
|Common name||Red bay +|
|Distribution||Tropical and subtropical regions + and Western Hemisphere. +|
|Etymology||used by Theophrastus for an oriental tree +|
|Illustration copyright||Flora of North America Association +|
|Illustrator||John Myers +|
|Publication title||Gard. Dict. Abr. ed. +|
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|Taxon family||Lauraceae +|
|Taxon name||Persea +|
|Taxon parent||Lauraceae +|
|Taxon rank||genus +|
|Volume||Volume 3 +|