Bay Leaf (tejpata) dried leaf of the bay tree, Cinnamomum tamala, of the family Lauraceae, used in cookery. It is a small tree of Indian origin. The plant is commercially cultivated in the eastern Himalayan region.
In Bangladesh, it is one of the most common spices used in many preparations of food; commercially cultivated in the uplands and hillocks of sylhet district. But the grafted plants are cultivated in many orchards and homestead gardens. [Mostafa Kamal Pasha]