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Laurel: Generalities

It is a very widespread plant throughout the Mediterranean basin and in particular in Italy. In most of the ancient peoples laurel branches were used to gird the leader of the winners, important characters, worthy of recognition and esteem. Even in mythology the gods are often depicted with the head surrounded by laurel wreaths. The laurel is therefore considered the symbol of glory and power. Also the legend according to which the nymph Daphne deserved to escape from Apollo's attention, turning into a laurel plant deserves a mention; with reference to this episode this plant is also often associated with a miraculous and magical value.