Litsea Reticulata - Description - Leaves, Flowers and Fruit

Leaves, Flowers and Fruit

The leaves are alternate, not toothed. 5 to 10 cm long, blunt or slightly pointed, the leaves are veiny underneath. Leaf stalks are 5 to 12 mm long.

Litsea reticulata is dioecious (male and female flowers are on separate trees). Flowers cream or green with pink. Flowering period is May to July.

The fruit matures from November to April, being a purple/black 14 mm long drupe, in a green cup shaped receptacle, with a single seed, 11 mm long.

Seed germination can be slow. However, at other times, 60% germination result can be achieved within a month of sowing. The flesh should be removed from the fruit before sowing the seeds.

Fruit are eaten by many rainforest birds, including the Wompoo Fruit Dove, Catbird, Topknot Pigeon and White-headed Pigeon.

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