Litsea stocksii Hook.f.,  Fl. Brit. India 5: 176 1886. (syn: Litsea josephii S. M. Almeida as per efi thread);

Medium trees; branchlets glabrous. Leaves to 15 x 5 cm, elliptic to obovate, acute, reddish beneath, glabrous; lateral nerves 7-9 pairs; petiole 1 cm long. Racemes 6 cm long. Umbellules few, peduncled; bracts orbicular, puberulus. Flowers pedicelled, 6-8 in an umbellule. Fruiting calyx 12 mm across, entire or crenate. Drupes 12 x 8 mm, obovoid, reddish brown, smooth. 

Flowering and fruiting: April-June
Evergreen forests
Southern Western Ghats (Endemic) 






Tree for identification 260712MK02:

Please help me to identify this tree species found near a coffee estate in Vaalparai area of Western ghats. The fruits are 1.5cm long and smells little fragrant. Leaves almost 15cm in length.
Place: Valparai, TN
Alt.: 950 m asl
Date: 13 July 2012

Seems to be Litsea sp.

Yes …, I also thought that this should be a Lauraceae. The fruit is slightly fragrant.

I too agree with … following the leaf arrangement and fruit character. This might be Litsea sp.

Could this be Litsea stocksii (Meisner) Hook.f.

It may be Litsea stocksii.
I am sending pics of the leaves. According to Cooke’s Flora the leaf margins are slightly revolute and the undersides of the leaves are very distinctive. They are fragrant and a bit sticky when crushed. I don’t have images of the flowers or fruit.

Yes …, the fruits are fragrant and little sticky.

I referred the Flora of South Indian Hills by PF Fyson and the description matches with L.stocksii; half-inch ovoid berry with glabrous leaves of 8 inches is the key character. Thanks for the lead.




29-TSP-ID-13JAN2016-1-Mullaianagiri: Tree for ID : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)

Kindly identify this tree. 

Habit: Small tree 

Habitat: Wild, Shola forest 

Sighting: Mullaianagiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1700 msl 

Date: 13-06-2015

Litsea stocksii

Litsea stocksii



Plant for ID 21/12/09 SMP1 – efloraofindia | Google Groups : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)

A big tree from Kerala on way to Munnar Dec 2009.
Whole tree with all its surface of the stem was covered with these tiny flowers.
For ID

Litsea sp.

This would be Litsea josephii of Lauraceae.