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.

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.

Characteristics

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. The inflorescences are pseudo-umbels, flat-topped or rounded flower clusters, each pseudo-umbel with an involucre of four or six decussate bracts.

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