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Published In: Encyclopédie Méthodique, Botanique 3(2): 574–575. 1792. (13 Feb 1792) (Encycl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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General/Distribution: A genus of about 500 species in all tropical and sub-tropics, except Africa. Represented in Pakistan by 2 species.


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Dioecious evergreen or deciduous trees or shrubs. Leaves entire, usually penninerved, usually spirally arranged. Flowers in stalked umbels, surrounded by usually 4 large sub-persistent bracts; the umbels in panicles or racemes. Tepals 6 or none in 2 whorls. Male flowers with 12-18 stamens in whorls of 3, the 2 outer whorls glandless, the inner with stalked or sessile glands; filaments slender, long; anthers 4-celled, usually all introrse (basal ones sometimes latrorse) ; pistil rudiment small or none. Female flower with as many staminodes with sterile, small anthers and long filaments, glands present. Ovary with a distinct style and a small peltate stigma. Fruit seated on or in the enlarged cup- or disc-shaped perianth tube; the tepals, as a rule, caducous.

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1 Branchlets minutely rusty tomentellous. Nerves impressed on the upper surface. Umbels small. Fruit cup cup-like, shallow Litsea monopetala
+ Branchlets densely pale tomentose. Nerves on upper surface prominulous. Umbels large. Fruit cup disc-like, hardly wider than the pedicel Litsea deccanensis
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