Taxon: Umbellularia californica (Hook. & Arn.) Nutt.

Genus: Umbellularia
Family: Lauraceae
Nomen number: 40863
Place of publication: N. Amer. Sylva 1:87. 1842
Name Verified on: 15-May-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 26-Sep-1996
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 4 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard)
  • Materials: beads (fide Bot Beads World; as,)
  • Materials: wood (fide Ency WTimber)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Northern Mexico: Mexico - Baja Norte
    • Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Oregon
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


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Check other web resources for Umbellularia californica (Hook. & Arn.) Nutt. :


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image