Litsea leefeana facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsLitsea leefeana
|In Topaz Road National Park, Australia|
The specific epithet is named after a Mr. Leefe, a botanical collector from the Kennedy district of northern Queensland. It is one of eleven species in the large Asian genus Litsea to reach Australia.
Leaves are elliptical in shape, alternate on the stem. 8 to 13 cm long with a blunt tip. Leaf venation is prominent and attractive on both sides of the leaf. Green or cream colour flowers form from leaf scars on the branchlets or in the leaf axils. The fruit is a black drupe, eaten by a variety of rainforest birds. Regeneration is not difficult from fresh seed, if the black aril is removed.
Litsea leefeana is suited as a garden plant in situations free from frost. Young plants need protection from winds, as well as plenty of shade and moisture.
Many butterfly larvae eat the leaves of this plant, including Chaetocneme beata, Chaetocneme critomedia, Chaetocneme porphyropis, Graphium sarpedon, Trapezites phigalia and Trapezites petalia.
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