Litsea laevigata Gamble, Fl. Madras 1236 1925. ;
Habit- Trees up to 7 m tall.
Trunk & Bark- Bark brown, lenticellate, smooth; blaze light orange.
Branches and Branchlets- Young branchlets subterete, glabrescent.
Leaves- Leaves simple, alternate distichous; petiole 0.4-1.5 cm long, planoconvex in cross section, glabrous; lamina 7-18 x 2-5.5 cm, usually oblanceolate to narrow elliptic, apex acuminate, base acute, margin entire, chartaceous, glaucous beneath, glabrescent beneath; midrib flat above; secondary nerves 7-9; tertiary nerves reticulo-percurrent.
Inflorescence / Flower- Inflorescence umbels in axillary and lateral sessile or shortly peduncled clusters; flowers unisexual.
Fruit and Seed- Berry, ellipsoid, to 1.5 cm long, seated on fruiting perianth cup; seeds 1.
Common understorey trees in low and medium elevation evergreen forests between 200 and 1000 m.
Endemic to the Western Ghats- South and Central Sahyadris.
(Attributions- B. R. Ramesh, N. Ayyappan, Pierre Grard, Juliana Prosperi, S. Aravajy, Jean Pierre Pascal, The Biotik Team, French Institute of Pondicherry.
ANFEB09 Please identify this tree (Litsea sp.?) : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (10)
Date: 1st February 2015
Place: Agumbe, Karnataka
Probable identity provided by … as Litsea laevigata.
Confirmed as Litsea laevigata by …