Leaves, Flowers and Fruit
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.
... Their large, fragrant flowers give them their common name of angel's trumpets, a name sometimes used for the closely related genus Datura ... or shrubs, with pendulous, not erect, flowers, that have no spines on their fruit ... Datura species are herbaceous bushes with erect (not pendulous) flowers, and most have spines on their fruit ...
... Oaks supply insect and flower food the acorns are of little value ... Honeysuckle bark is their primary nesting material, and flowers and fruit are used for food ... Bramble flowers and fruits provide food over a long period ...
... The plant has heart-shaped leaves, folded through the middle, that occur in groups of three atop a reddish brown stalk ... It flowers for a few months during the spring, with small white flowers with pink streaks ... Red or violet flowers also occur rarely ...
... The plant produces two types of flowers ... Submerged cleistogamous flowers remain closed and self-pollinate, and flowers that bloom above the surface of the water open into white blossoms and may cross with other individuals ...
... The flowers grow in racemes or solitary ... The lip is nonresupinate, so the flower appears upside down compared to most orchids ... The flowers consist essentially of the sepals ...
Famous quotes containing the words fruit and/or flowers:
“Tis no sin loves fruit to steal;
But the sweet theft to reveal,
To be taken, to be seen,
These have crimes accounted been.”
—Ben Jonson (15721637)
“I got me flowers to straw thy way;
I got me boughs off many a tree;
But thou wast up by break of day,
And broughtst thy sweets along with thee.”
—George Herbert (15931633)