Litsea

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Litsea
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Litsea japonica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Magnoliids
Order: Laurales
Family: Lauraceae
Genus: Litsea
Lam.
Species
136
Synonyms

Litsea is a genus of evergreen or deciduous trees or shrubs belonging to the Laurel family, Lauraceae. The genus includes 136 accepted species in tropical and subtropical areas of both hemispheres.[1]

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.

Characteristics[edit]

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.[2] The inflorescences are pseudo-umbels, flat-topped or rounded flower clusters, each pseudo-umbel with an involucre of four or six decussate bracts.[2]

Accepted Species[edit]

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