Litsea glutinosa (Lour.) C.B.Rob.

Last updated: 26 June 2015

Scientific Name

Litsea glutinosa (Lour.) C.B.Rob.


Camellia integrifolia Choisy., Cylicodaphne sebifera Blume [Illegitimate]., Decapenta involucrata Raf., Dodecadenia robusta Zoll. & Moritzi., Litsea apetala (Roxb.) Pers., Litsea chinensis Lam. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Malek (Peninsular) [2]
English Indian laurel [3]
China Chan gao mu jiang zi [3]
India Ama, bagnara, garur, maida, naramaamidi, naranalike, maida lakadi, leda, lenjo, ranamba, ratun, rehan, uralli [3]
Indonesia Wuru lilin (Javanese, Java); huru tangkalak (Sundanese, Java); malih (western Kalimantan) [2]
Thailand Mimen (Northern); muthaluang (Chanthaburi); thang-buan (Pattani) [2]
Philippines Sablot (General); balongai; porikit (Tagalog) [2]; balanganan, butus, dalaeun, parasablu, tubjus, tubhas [3]
Myanmar Mai mi myen, mai ong tong, ondon [3].

Geographical Distributions

Litsea glutinosa is occurs from India through Indochina towards the Malesian area where it occurs in all parts, and Northern Australia; sometimes planted. [2] L. glutinosa can be found in mixed primary and secondary forest and thickets, also occurs up to 1300 m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

L. glutinosa is a member of the Lauraceae family. It is a small to medium-sized tree which is up to measure 20 m tall, with straight or curved bole, up to measure 60 cm in diametre and not buttressed. The bark surface is greyish-brown in colour while the inner bark is yellowish in colour. [2]

The leaves are arranged spirally, with a size measure about 10-30 cm x 3-13.5 cm and blunt or rounded. The main veins are hairy above, yellowish hairy below, midrib raised or flattened above and with 6-11 pairs of secondary veins which are not sunken above. The tertiary venation is prominent below and with a size measure about 1-3.5 cm long petiole. [2]

The flowers are in umbellules that arranged in racemes on a measuring 0.7-2.5 cm long peduncle, with 0-3 tepals and 9-15 stamens. [2]

The fruit is a depressed spherical or spherical in shape and measure about 1-2.5 cm across. [2]


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Figure 1: The line drawing of L. glutinosa [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver 1.1. Litsea glutinosa (Lour.) C.B.Rob. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mac 26; cited 2015 June 26] Available from:
  2. Litsea glutinosa (Lour.) C.B.Rob. In: Lemmens RHMJ, Soerianegara I, Wong WC, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia no 5 (2): Timber trees: minor commercial timbers. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publishers; 1995
  3. Quattrocchi U. CRC World Dictionary of Medicinal and Poisonous Plants: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms and etymology. Volume III E-L. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. p 799.