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Noted as growing especially commonly in the land of Ithilien
Laurus nobilis
From Latin baca 'berry', originally referring simply to the fruit of the plant


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A type of dark-leafed tree also known as a laurel. Frodo and Sam found thickets of bay growing throughout the land of Ithilien, and indeed it seems to have been one of the most common types of tree in that land. Sam used some of the abundant bay-leaves to season the stewed rabbit he prepared for Frodo in Ithilien, and later saw his first oliphaunt while perched among the branches of a bay-tree.

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