There has been some confusion in the literature over this name. Phoebe lanceolata is a valid Asian species, the name being derived from the validly published basyonym Ocotea lanceolata Nees, originally published in Wallich, Pl. Asiat. Rar. 2: 71. 1831. In 1836, Nees gave the same name, Ocotea lanceolata (Nees) Nees, to a S. American species (this was derived from the basionym Strychnodaphne lanceolata Nees, published in Linnaea 8: 39. 1833). This later publication of the same name was illegitimate, and the S. American plant later had to be renamed (to Ocotea lancifolia (Schott) Mett.)[
Laurus lanceolaria Roxb.
Ocotea lanceolata Nees
Ocotea ligustrina Nees
Phoebe lanceolata is an evergreen tree, usually growing from 4 - 15 metres tall, occasionally reaching 20 metres. The bole is straight[
The wood is a good source of fuel for local use. The tree is used as a pioneer species in reforestation projects in Thailand[
E. Asia - southwest China, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia.
Common in broad-leaved mountain forests; usually at elevations below 1,500 metres in southwest China[
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A fast-growing species[
The tree is planted as a pioneer species in northern Thailand in reforestation projects to restore native woodland - it is planted in degraded woodland and open areas in a mix with various other species that all have the ability to grow fast; produce dense, weed-suppressing crowns; and attract seed-dispersing wildlife, particularly birds and bats[
The stems make a good fuel[
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