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Litsea calicaris - mangeao

Laurel family: Lauraceae

Litsea calicaris  is a many branched forest tree with pinkish green young leaves which turn a dull pale green when mature. Litsea is a large mostly pantropical genus of around 400 species with the one species in New Zealand and several in Australia.
An endemic species found in lowland forest in the upper half of the North Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 15 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size:  8-12 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, ovate-oblong

Tepals (sepals indistinguishable from petals): 4-6, white

Leaf size: 5-15 cm


Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 10-18

Leaf margin: hairs

Ovary: above tepals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: fleshy