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]

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Litsea japonica
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Magnoliids
Order: Laurales
Family: Lauraceae
Genus: Litsea

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.[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 SpeciesEdit


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  2. ^ a b Puhua Huang; Jie Li; Xi-wen Li & Henk van der Werff. "Flora of China online".
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-11. Retrieved 2011-09-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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