Machilus odoratissima Nees, Pl. Asiat. Rar. 2: 70 1831. (syn: Laurus bombycina Buch.-Ham. ex Wall.; Laurus champa Buch.-Ham. ex Wall.; Laurus indica Lour.; Laurus odoratissima Wall.; Machilus indica Kurz; Machilus madang Miq.; Persea odoratissima (Nees) Kosterm.) as per Catalogue of Life;
India, Pakistan (Swat, Hazara, Pakistani Punjab, Murree), Jammu & Kashmir (Poonch, Kashmir), peninsular Malaysia, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar [Burma] (Kachin, Mandalay, Mon, Taninthayi, Yangon), Nepal, Laos, Vietnam as per Catalogue of Life;
Common name: Fragrant Bay Tree • Nepali: सेतो कौलो Seto Kaulo;

Tree for ID : Sattal,Uttarakhand : 310313 : AK-3 : Attachments (5). 6 posts by 4 authors.
A huge tree near the Sattal Lake, with tiny yellowish-green flowers.
Kindly id.

It could be Persea sp

To me it seems Persea odoratissima (Lauraceae) which grow in this area and common.

SK1834 07 April 2019 : 13 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (6)- around 900 kb each.
Location:  Swoyambhu, Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: 27 March 2019
Elevation : 1400 m.
Habit : May be Wild

wild but considered sacred? is it in temple grounds?

It looks like Alseodaphne semecarpifolia Nees

Not sure since since it is not listed in Nepal.

What Lauraceae species are found in Nepal? I am just going on what I can see of the flowers, the red peduncles, colour of new foliage etc.
Any chance of any Cryptocarya?

Does not look like matching.

A Persea species, then seems more likely.
My apologies for wasting time with mere guesswork.

Closest I can go as per comparative images at Machilus & Persea is Machilus odoratissima Nees
Pl. check.

Cannot not decide …!

I guess its Persea and more likely P gamblei. Probably you have already checked this.

I will go for Machilus odoratissima Nees, as per details and references herein.

Thank you … I guess matching.
Syn : Persea odoratissima (Nees) Kosterm.

Another Tree for ID/ABDEC27 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)
This medium size tree is the only sample I have seen so far (I will probably see more once I know its identity). I first noticed it last summer when I saw abnormal growth on several of its leaves. The growth is still there but it is brown and brittle in stead of pink and firm. The bruised leaves have a strong betel like smell. Please help identify it.
Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
12 December 2014

Looking lauraceae member

Thank you for resurfacing this, I had the opportunity to see the tree in flower last year and think it is likely to be Machilus odoratissima. Here are a few images to support my ID.
9 images.


I think it could be Machilus odoratissima.

To me also appears close to images at Machilus odoratissima Nees and also as per comparative images at Machilus.

I agree with you.

Persea odoratissima from Chopta Uttarakhand-GS06112021-1: 4 images.

Persea odoratissima (King ex Hook.f) Kostermans
The species distinguished from another West Himalayan species in coriaceous leaves having 7-13 pairs of nerves, sepals oblong, reflexed in fruit, fruit ellipsoid up to 15 mm long, 7 mm broad.

Accepted name Machilus odoratissima Nees

Now it is Machilus odioratissima.


SK 3741 14 June 2023: 5 very high res. images.

Location: Bhalkot, Baglung, West Nepal 
Date: 30 May 2023
Elevation 800m.
Habit : Wild
Which Lauraceae

If the leaves and inflorescences are glabrous, then you can think of Machilus odoratissima.


identify this persea tree species: 3 high res. images.
from bhawali uttarakhand, 14/6/23

Machilus odoratissima Nees

Yes, id suggested by …, appears close as per images at

If the inflorescences are glabrous, the yes, Machilus odoratissima.





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