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[
Lindera pipericarpa (Miq.) Boerl,
Polyadenia pepericarpa Miq.
Litsea pipericarpa is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 18 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a condiment, medicine and source of materials.
Southeast Asia - Indonesia (Sumatra)
Often found growing gregariously in forest clearings; at elevations up to 3,000 metres[
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The crushed parts of the plant (especially the bark) smell strongly of citronella or eucalyptus[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
The fruits resemble peppercorns and are used similarly as a flavouring[
]. The fruit is a 1-seeded, globose berry around 5mm in diameter, green but turning black at maturity[
The fruits are used medicinally like cubebs (Piper cubeba) as a tonic, against indigestion, as antiseptic and diuretic[
The tree has been suggested for reafforestation purposes and as a shade tree in tea plantations[
All parts of the plant contain an essential oil consisting of citral, citronellal, cineole and geraniol[
The seed and bark are used to make face powder[
The aromatic wood can be used to make small objects[
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