Αρχική 5 Natural Environment 5 The Flora of Lesvos 5 Apollo’s Laurel (Bay Tree)

Apollo’s Laurel (Bay Tree)

Apollo’s laurel (the bay tree) is a common tree in Lesvian flora and it is found predominantly along torrent banks, as it is sustained in the summer by the residual moisture. This is a small perennial tree, growing to a height 3 to 5 m with barks shooting off many branches. The tree’s fruit is blue-black and looks like a small olive. This plant has many properties and uses. Laurel leaves are used in cooking and as a condiment. Its leaves may be used for the extraction of essential oils used in soap production and the food industry.