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 1-pinnate, alternate or 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.

Mozambique: 1 cultivated taxon.

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chinensis Sonn.

Other sources of information about Litchi:

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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Litchi

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Litchi
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Litchi
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Litchi
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Litchi
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Litchi
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Litchi
JSTOR Plant Science: Litchi
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Litchi
Plants of the World Online: Litchi
Tropicos: Litchi
Wikipedia: Litchi

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated plants: genus page: Litchi.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2164, retrieved 18 July 2024

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