Sp. Pl. 1: 356. 1753. 1753


Gen. Pl. ed. 5, 167. 1754. 1754

Etymology: Greek, laurel
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 6. Treatment on page 384. Mentioned on page 381.

Shrubs, deciduous or evergreen, to 1.5 m. Stems erect, procumbent, or prostrate, branched, not jointed, thick, glabrous or glabrescent. Leaves clustered distally, sessile or subsessile; blade obovate or oblong to lanceolate, surfaces glabrous or hairy. Inflorescences terminal or axillary, capitate, fasciculate, or racemose, flowers sessile [petiolate]; bracts 0. Flowers: hypanthium tubular to narrowly funnelform; calyx 4-lobed, lobes spreading or slightly reflexed; petals absent; stamens 8, usually included, in distal 1/2 of tube; style included, short or absent; stigma capitate. Fruits drupaceous, yellow, red, or black, fleshy, hypanthium not persistent.


Introduced; s, c Europe, n Africa, Asia, temperate and subtropical, widely cultivated in temperate areas.


Species 70 (2 in the flora).


1 Leaves deciduous; branches glabrescent; leaf blades membranous, adaxial surface matte; hypanthia pink, red, or white; drupes red or yellow. Daphne mezereum
1 Leaves persistent; branches glabrous; leaf blades coriaceous, adaxial surface shiny; hypanthia yellow-green or yellow; drupes black. Daphne laureola