you are correct, there is no latex in the repo however texlive is listed along with it's docs. Here's a description of what texlive is: "TEX Live includes executables for TEX, LaTeX2e, ConTEXt, Metafont, MetaPost, BibTeX and many other programs; an extensive collection of macros, fonts and documentation; and support for typesetting in many different scripts from around the world. It is part of the even larger TEX Collection (briefly described below in section 2, p. 6). Both are cooperative efforts by the TEX user groups."
You will also find lyx (a frontend for texlive/latex) in the repo.