Litsea glaucescens Kunth is a native plant from Central America and Mexico, mainly distributed in the states of Chiapas Nayarit and Veracruz. Thirty-one compounds are identified in the essential oil of Mexican bay (Litsea glaucescens scens), which is dominated by ± % 1,8-cineole, . Thirty-one compounds are identified in the essential oil of Mexican bay (Litsea glaucescens var. glaucescens), which is dominated by ± % 1.
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A fairly uncommon shrubby tree best known for its use as a culinary spice.
Many parts of the plant contain essential oils that are reminiscent of the bay leaf. Seeds are not available for the Mexican Bay.
Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in June Description A small, evergreen tree growing to feet. Leaves are leathery and elongated in shape, growing up to 3″.
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They are distinct in having a blue-green coloration to their undersides. Flowers are small, white-green in color.
There are supposedly a handful of varieties or variants of this species, though minimal attention seems to be given to propagating select types. The plant is used as a spice, notably as a substitute for bay Laurus nobilis. Its culinary use is mainly confined to Mexico, where it has attained popularity in a number of regions there.
Seed Availability Seeds are not available for the Mexican Bay. Hardiness Hardy to short frosts. Minimum hardiness is not known. Growing Environment Grows well in full galucescens filtered sun.
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Makes a good candidate for container culture. Propagation By seeds and cuttings.
Uses The plant is used as a spice, notably as a substitute for bay Laurus nobilis. Litsea glaucescens Mexican Bay.