Litsea mollis is a deciduous shrub or a small tree that can grow from 1.5 - 6 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of oil and essential oil. It has potential for use as a pioneer species in reforestation programmes.
E. Asia - southern China, northern Thailand (probably naturalized), Vietnam.
Thickets or broad-leaved forests on mountain slopes;at elevations from 600 - 2,800 metres[
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Litsea mollis is a plant mainly of warm temperate and subtropical areas, though it is also found in northern Thailand (where it is probably naturalized).
The leaves and fruits are aromatic when crushed, and resemble the smell of lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus)[
The roots and fruit are used medicinally[
A pioneer species, usually found growing in the open, especially in montane regions in the tropics[
]. The plant could be used in reforestation projects[
The fruit is processed for its essential oil. Yields of 3 - 5% are obtained[
The seeds contain around 25% of a fixed oil and are used asa main ingredient in soaps[
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