Neolitsea cassia (L.) Kosterm.

Etymology Genus New Litsea
Species An ancient Greek name Kasia used by Dioscorides
Family Lauraceae
Synonyms Neolitsea zeylanica (Nees & T. Nees) Merr., Litsea zeylanica Nees & T. Nees
Common Names Shore Laurel, Grey Bollywood, English Smooth-Barb Bollygum
Status Native: Vulnerable
Form Tree
Native Distribution India, Sri Lanka, South China, Southeast Asia, Australia

Diagnostics:

A native tree that is increasingly popular as a cultivated roadside tree, it grows up to 20m high. It has obvious auxiliary buds and leaves having distinct 3 veins.


Interesting Facts:

The Shore Laurel is the larvae host plant for the Common Bluebottle.


A row of Shore Laurel at Mapletree Business City (2018).

Young leaves.

Leaf with 3 distinct veins.

Leaf underside.

Auxiliary buds.

Petiole with slight groove.

Bark.


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Author: Jake
Posted: 2019-01-04