4776.000 Litchi Sonn.

Staples, G.W. & Herbst, D.R. (2005) A Tropical Garden Flora; plants cultivated in the Hawaiian islands and other tropical places. Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Description of the genus

Evergreen trees up to 30 m tall. Leaves alternate of sub-opposite; leaflets 4-8, elliptic, ovate, pointed at both ends, upper side glossy, underside dull, whitish. Inflorescence of terminal and axillary panicles. Flowers tiny, hairy. Petals absent. Sepals 4-5, fused. Fruit drupe-like, indehiscent, ovoid to globose, skin reddish, leathery, covered in short warts. Seeds 1, oblong, brownish; basal scar prominent; aril translucent, whitish.

Derivation of name: from a Chinese name

Worldwide: One species, probably from southeast Asia, but cultivated from antiquity.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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chinensis Sonn.

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Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Litchi

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Litchi
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Litchi
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Litchi
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Litchi
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Litchi

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Litchi.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2164, retrieved 22 May 2019

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