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Litsea japonica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Magnoliids
Order: Laurales
Family: Lauraceae
Genus: Litsea

200-400, including:
Litsea calicaris
L. cubeba
L. glabrescens
L. glutinosa
L. monopetala
L. stocksii


Litsea is a genus of evergreen or deciduous trees or shrubs belonging to the Laurel family, Lauraceae. The genus includes 200 to 400 species in tropical and subtropical areas of both hemispheres.

Trees or shrubs, dioecious. The leaves can be either deciduous or evergreen depending on species, and aromatic. The flowers are from greenish to white, greenish-yellow, yellowish.


Litsea japonica

The genus includes species of trees, and shrubs, with evergreen or deciduous foliage and inconspicuous flowers.

They have leaves alternate or opposite or in whorls.[1] The inflorescences are pseudo-umbels, flat-topped or rounded flower clusters, each pseudo-umbel with an involucre of four or six decussate bracts.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Puhua Huang, Jie Li, Xi-wen Li, and Henk van der Werff. "Flora of China online". 
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