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Useful Tropical Plants

Litsea pipericarpa

(Miq.) Kosterm.

Lauraceae


This species has been wrongly identified as occurring in Peninsula Malaysia - all specimens previously referred to this species have been transferred to Litsea cubeba (Lour.) Pers. Litsea pipericarpa is restricted to Sumatra[
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Title
The Gardens' Bulletin Vol. 57
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
National Parks Board; Singapore
Year
2005
ISBN
0374-7859
Description
A botanical publication containing a range of articles including one of the genera Lindera, Litsea and Neolitsea. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
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+ Synonyms

Lindera pipericarpa (Miq.) Boerl,

Polyadenia pepericarpa Miq.

Common Name:

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General Information

Litsea pipericarpa is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 18 metres tall[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a condiment, medicine and source of materials.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Indonesia (Sumatra)

Habitat

Often found growing gregariously in forest clearings; at elevations up to 3,000 metres[
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Properties

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HabitEvergreen Tree
Height12.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The crushed parts of the plant (especially the bark) smell strongly of citronella or eucalyptus[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Edible Uses

The fruits resemble peppercorns and are used similarly as a flavouring[
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Medicinal

The fruits are used medicinally like cubebs (Piper cubeba) as a tonic, against indigestion, as antiseptic and diuretic[
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Agroforestry Uses:

The tree has been suggested for reafforestation purposes and as a shade tree in tea plantations[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Other Uses

All parts of the plant contain an essential oil consisting of citral, citronellal, cineole and geraniol[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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The seed and bark are used to make face powder[
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The aromatic wood can be used to make small objects[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-07-17. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Litsea+pipericarpa>

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