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Litsea Lamarck. Pondspice.

A genus of about 400 species, trees and shrubs, of warm temperate and tropical areas, especially se. Asia and Australia, with a small number of species in Mexico and n. Central America (7 species, as interpreted by Jiménez-Pérez & Lorea-Hernández [2009]), and our 1 North American species. The genus is very heterogeneous and probably needs division into more natural groups; a recent molecular study did not include North American representatives of Litsea or Lindera, but showed that both Litsea and Lindera as currently circumscribed are polyphyletic (Fijridiyanto & Murakami 2009).

Ref: Fijridiyanto & Murakami (2009); Jiménez-Pérez & Lorea-Hernández (2009); Rohwer (1993a) In Kubitzki, Rohwer, & Bittrich (1993); van der Werff (1997a) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (1997). Show full citations.

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image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Litsea aestivalis | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Litsea aestivalis | Original Image ⭷


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