Litsea acuminatissima Lundell
Litsea cervantesii Kunth
Litsea flavescens Bartlett
Litsea guatemalensis Mez
Litsea matudae Lundell
Litsea neesiana Boerl.
Litsea orizabae (M.Martens & Galeotti) Mez
Persea orizabae M.Martens & Galeotti
Tetranthera glaucescens (Kunth) Spreng.
Tetranthera villosa M.Martens & Galeotti
Litsea glaucescens is a shrub or tree growing from 3 - 12 metres tall[
The leaves are often harvested from the wild for local use as a flavouring. The trees are sometimes grown in gardens for use as a flavouring and the dried leaves are often sold in local markets[
C. America - El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico.
Moist or dry, brushy hillsides, or most often in rather open, mixed or pine-oak forest, at elevations from 1,300 - 3,500 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Newly cut branches, covered with leaves, are much used for decorations at fiesta times, especially for making the arches that span streets and roads[
The aromatic leaves are used as a bay-like flavouring in foods, especially soups, stews and pickles[
The dried leaves are used to make a tea, known as 'té de laurel'[
The plant has medicinal uses[
The wood is used for fuel[
Seed - the pulp needs to be removed and the seed soaked in luke-warm water prior to sowing. Sow the seed about 1cm deep in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of 30 - 60% can be expected[
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