Litsea monopetala (Roxb.) Pers.

Last updated: 26 June 2015

Scientific Name

Litsea monopetala (Roxb.) Pers.


Litsea polyantha Juss., Tetranthera macrophylla Roxb., Tetranthera monopetala Roxb., Tetranthera villosa Bojer [Invalid]., Tomex monopetala (Roxb.) Hoffmanns. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Medang busok, bangang (Peninsular) [2]
China Jia shi mu jiang zi [3]
India Baghoari, gwa, kakuri, naramamidi, rian, picinbattaw, rapamba, meda [3]
Indonesia Huru koneng, huru manuk (Sundanese, Java); gempur (Javanese, Java) [2]
Thailand Kathang (Peninsular) [2]
Myanmar Ondon laukya [2].

Geographical Distributions

Litsea monopetala is found in India, Burma (Myanmar), through­out Indo-China, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Java. L. monopetala is locally common in mixed lowlands and montane evergreen or semi-deciduous forests, up to 1500 m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

L. monopetala is a member of the Lauraceae family. It is a small tree which can reach up to 18 m tall. [2]

The bole is straight to crooked, measuring up to 60 cm in diametre, with longitudinally fissured bark surface and dark greyish while the in­ner bark is brown mottled. [2]

The leaves are arranged alternately, measuring 4.5-17 cm x 2.5-10 cm, blunt to acute, hairless above, sparsely hairy below, sunken above midrib, with 6-13 pairs of secondary veins which are sunken above, with scalariform tertiary venation, distinct be­low and with petiole 1-2.5 cm long . [2]

The flowers are in umbellules and peduncled in short racemes, with (4-)6 tepals and 9-12 stamens. [2]

The fruit is 0.7-1.2 cm long, oblong to ellipsoid and seated on a small flat perianth cup. [2]


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Poisonous Management

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


  1. The Plant List. Ver 1.1. Litsea monopetala (Roxb.) Pers. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 March 23; cited 2015 June 26]. Available from:
  2. Litsea monopetala (Roxb.) Pers. 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. 800.