Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of apetalous trees, of the order Laurineæ and tribe Litseaceæ. It is distinguished from
Litsea(the type) by extrorse anthers in the fourth row, and forms, in its stamens, a connecting-link to the other chief tribe, Perseaceæ. The principal species, U. Californica, the spice-tree (which see), mountain-laurel, or Californian bay-tree, is a tall smooth Californian tree, reduced southward and in the mountains to a small shrub. It bears alternate veiny and odorous evergreen leaves, and numerous short-pedicelled yellowish-green flowers, each umbel at first included in a caducons globose involucre, and followed by one or two roundish dark-purple drupes. A second species occurs in Mexico.
- n. In zoology, a genus of deepsea alcyonarian polyps, having the polypites clustered in an umbel on top of the polypidom, and a long slender stalk somewhat bulbous at the base, as in U. encrinus or U. grœnlandica.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A genus of deep-sea alcyonaria consisting of a cluster of large flowerlike polyps situated at the summit of a long, slender stem which stands upright in the mud, supported by a bulbous base.
- n. aromatic evergreen trees of Pacific coast
“Other noteworthy species include: Douglas fir Pseudotsuga menziesii, western hemlock Tsuga heterophylla, tan oak Lithocarpus densiflorus, grand fir Abies grandis, Sitka spruce Picea sitchensis, madrone Arbutus menziesii, big leaf maple Acer macrophyllum, California laurel/bay Umbellularia californica, of which the tallest stands occur on the alluvial flats and terraces along larger streams.”
“California Bay California bay leaves come from an entirely different tree, the California native Umbellularia californica.”
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