Litsea / Brown Bollygum
Short description: fast growing deciduous tree that reaches 3-15m in height
Leaves: oblong shaped leaf blades that are clothes in white, erect hairs
Flowers: clusters of cream, green or yellow flowers appear along stems from March – June.
Fruits/seeds: rounded black fruits (approx. 8mm in diameter) bearing seeds that appear from Sept - Oct
What to Observe
First fully open single flower
Full flowering (record all days)
End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)
Presence of Atlas Moth caterpillars or eggs (record in comments section)
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When To Look
Flowers appear from March – June, with fruits developed from Sept - Oct
Note: ClimateWatch is looking for any changes in the timing of these events so remember to keep a lookout all year!
Where To Look
WA, NT and northern coastline of QLD
Note:ClimateWatch is looking for any changes outside of their known ranges so remember to keep a lookout beyond these regions too!
Did You Know?
- Larvae of the Atlas Moth have been found to be feeding on leaves of Litsea glutinosa, making it an important umbrella species for this vulnerable tropical moth species.
- Bark and leaves are used to produce natural medicines and essential oils in India and China