LAURACEAE - Laurel Family

Aromatic trees of shrubs, evergreen

Leaves alternate, simple, pinnately veined without stipules

Flowers bi- or unisexual, actinomorphic, in a variety of inflorescences

Ovary superior

Fruit a drupe or berry

Seed without endosperm

30+ genera with 200-2500 species

Economic importance - aromatic oils (cinnamon, camphor, avocado, sassafras (oil and root bark)