|Malosma subsp. var.|
 Common names for the species include laurel sumac and lentisco (Spanish). Malosma laurina is found along the southern California and Baja California coasts; the name "laurel" was chosen because the foliage is reminiscent of bay laurel (Laurus nobilis), which is an otherwise unrelated small tree of the Mediterranean region. The species was previously assigned to the genus Rhus, and was known as Rhus laurina.
Malosma laurina is a large, rounded evergreen shrub or small tree growing 3 to 5 meters (10-15 feet) tall. In bloom, it is intensely aromatic, and gives a characteristic odor to chapparal. The lance-shaped leaf blades are up to 10 cm (4") long, with reddish veins, petioles and stems (see photo in taxobox). The very small flowers have five white petals and five-lobed green sepals. Large clusters of these flowers occur at the ends of twigs in late spring and early summer. The clusters (panicles) are 7-15 cm (3 to 6 ") long, and are reminiscent of lilac (see photo). The fruit is a whitish drupe 3 mm (1/8") in diameter with a smooth, flattish stone inside (see photo).
Malosma laurina is distributed along the southern California coastline (from Point Conception south to La Paz), and on several of the Channel Islands lying off the coast.Malosma laurina is not frost-hardy.
Malosma laurina is presently used as a landscape plant in frost-free areas.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Rhus laurina, Nutt. (Lithraea laurina, Walp.). Aromatic, glabrous shrub: branchlets purplish: lvs. oblong-ovate to lanceolate, acute and mucronulate, rounded at the base, entire, 2-3 in. long: petioles 1/2-1 1/2 in. long: fls. in dense panicles, to 4 in. long, greenish white fr. ovoid, beaked, 1/6in. long, whitish, with a waxy covering. Summer. S. and Low. Calif. —Will thrive in the hottest and driest places; very handsome with its dark green glossy foliage.
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- ↑ Integrated Taxonomic Information System (2007). Malosma, retrieved June 10, 2007.
- ↑ "NPIN: Malosma laurina (Laurel sumac)," page of the website maintained by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved July 10, 2007.
- ↑ Sudderth, Carolanne (1999). "The Canyon's Own Perfume: Laurel Sumac," The Santa Monica Mirror, Vol. 1 (5), July 21-28, 1999. Online version retrieved June 10, 2007.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Howard, Janet L. (1992). Malosma laurina, in: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). This article is remarkably comprehensive and well referenced. Webpage retrieved June 12, 2007.
- ↑ Seiler, John R., Jensen, Edward C., and Peterson, John A. (2007). "Malosma laurina Fact Sheet." Tree identification photographs and information from the Dendrology database and website maintained by the Department of Forestry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Retrieved June 23, 2007.
- ↑ Gatlin, Connie (undated). Malosma laurina (Laurel Sumac), from the San Diego Natural History Museum website, retrieved June 10, 2007.
- ↑ Wilken, Dieter H. (1993). Malosma, article in The Jepson manual: higher plants of California, James C. Hickman, editor (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993), ISBN 978-0520082557. Online version retrieved June 10, 2007.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Rhus laurina Laurel Sumac, website of the Las Pilitas nursery. Retrieved June 10, 2007.
- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963