Neolitsea cuipala (Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don) Kosterm., Bull. Bot. Syrv. India 10:287. 1969 (Syn: (=) Litsea lanuginosa Nees; (=) Neolitsea lanuginosa (Nees) Gamble; (≡) Tetranthera cuipala Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don (basionym));
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Flora of Bhutan gives the following keys:
1. Leaves oblanceolate, 13-25cm, clustered at branch ends; flower clusters l.5—2.5cm diameter; fruit ellipsoid 12-15mm …..1. N. cuipala
+ Leaves ovate-elliptic, 7-14cm, not clustered at branch ends; flower clusters c l cm diameter; fruit globose 8—9mm ……… ..2. N. foliosa
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There are keys also in Online Flora of Nepal.
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My Pending Identifications: Chakrata-Unid Tree:: NS MARCH 06 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6).
This tree was shot from near “Samadhi of Chir Mahavriksh” in Tiuni area of Uttrakhand

hope to get id, I have only these pics..


Input received from … Actinodaphne spp (Lauraceae)… please check..


Actinodaphnesome species in India & efloraofindia with some keys


It may be Litsea lanuginosa


Some feedback from another thread;

“I admit that the species in Neolitsea can be delimited only on the basis of certain tendencies exhibited by the individuals and not by sharp differences.

Here, in this case, you have provided three threads. All the samples are of Neolitsea, for the 3-plinerved clustered leaves, umbellate inflorescences and the perulate apical buds.  The other characters not discernible here are the dimerous flowers and the 4-locular stamens.
Now coming to the specific identity.  ……………….  The third set of images bear the suggested identity of N. languinosa by the Late Kishan Lal ji,  I agree.  Here, in these images (uploaded by Nidhan Singh ji) we can notice that the leaves are tending to be thinner in texture (chartaceous) and further tending to be obovate to oblanceolate rather than narrowly oblong-elliptic.  The young fruits are also tending to be somewhat oblong rather than subglobose (in N. pallens). N. languinosa is a synonym of N. cuipala. ……………….. “” from …
“Third set is by … (I have similar  looking plant photographs with me, which I’ll post separately).  …………….
Set/Link 2: (efi thread)
………………………… Set/Link 3: efi thread
Terminal buds not present. Can it be included in genus Neolitsea?” from …

“While I admit that I have no expertise in Lauraceae, I would suggest that you should go ahead with population studies on the abundant trees available in your surroundings and arrive at a conclusion. The comments made by me were based on observations on the low resolution images for which you provided the links. I would like to inform you and other workers interested in the family Lauraceae that the specific distinctions in Neolitsea are largely relative and therefore it may be risky to name a specimen of Neolitsea without comparing with authentically named materials!

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Kindly note that the leaves are strongly 3-plinerved at base ruling out Actinodaphne as well as Litsea. The primary venation pattern of the leaves and their pseudo-verticillate arrangement together with umbellate infructescences are among important generic characters of Neolitsea. The species is N. cuipala which is abundant in Uttarakhand.


However if the leaves were compound then you have to think of some other family.


Thanks a lot … for elaboration and … for keeping the thread on surface..

I will try to get some more details and come back!!


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SK 2212 09 October 2019 : 15 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)- 6 mb.

Location: Ranibari, Kathmandu
Date: 10 September  2019
Elevation: 1370 m.

Habitat : Wild.


Attachments (1)- 6 mb.


Attachments (2) – 3 mb each.


Attachments (1)- 6 mb.


The buds and leaf suggests it belongs to Lauraceae; in lauraceae buds are covered by bud scales, here it is evident; 3 veins from base of leaf


A species of Neolitsea


Thanks a lot, … Yes, now I realise.


Neolitsea cuipala (D.Don) Kosterm. ??
Only this looks matching among the three listed in the ACFPoN.

Neolitsea


Flora of Bhutan gives the following keys:
1. Leaves oblanceolate, 13-25cm, clustered at branch ends; flower clusters l.5—2.5cm diameter; fruit ellipsoid 12-15mm …..1. N. cuipala
+ Leaves ovate-elliptic, 7-14cm, not clustered at branch ends; flower clusters c l cm diameter; fruit globose 8—9mm ……… ..2. N. foliosa
There are keys also in Online Flora of Nepal.

Following these, leads me to your suggested id of Neolitsea cuipala


The above key is correct and this is Neolitsea cuipala.



5 April 2021

Neolitsea lanuginosa (Nees) Gamble  :  accepted name ??
4 very high resolution imaes.


Yes, this is Neolitsea cuipala (D.Don) Kosterm. = Neolitsea languinosa (Nees)


 


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Request for identification of Litsea species.
2 high resolution images.

Here I’m attaching images of Litsea species, please check it. For me it may be L.  launginosa ( introduced)

Captured at Srinagar Garhwal Uttarakhand.


Check with Neolitsea


Seems to be Neolitsea cuipala.


 

 


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References: GRIN  Flora of Pakistan   Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal  The Plant List Ver.1.1  Tropicos  

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