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Neolitsea sericea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Magnoliids
Order: Laurales
Family: Lauraceae
Genus: Neolitsea
(Benth. & Hook.f.) Merr.

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Bryantea Raf.

Neolitsea is a genus of about 85 species of evergreen shrubs and small trees in the laurel family Lauraceae. They range from Indo-Malaysia to East Asia[1] to Australia. The leaves are alternate, clustered, or verticillate, rarely subopposite.[1]

The Australian species, of which there are three, are commonly known as bolly gums and are fairly common in the rainforests of the east.

Many species of Neolitsea have been analysed for essential oils and their biological activity.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Puhua Huang & Henk van der Werff. "Neolitsea". Flora of China. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  2. ^ John, A. J.; George, V.; Pradeep, N. S.; Sethuraman, M. G. (2008). "Chemical composition and antibacterial activity of the leaf, bark and fruit oils of Neolitsea fischeri Gamble". Journal of Essential Oil Research. 20 (3): 279–282. doi:10.1080/10412905.2008.9700012.