Description from Flora of China
Litsea playfairii Hemsley, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 26: 384. 1891; Lindera alongensis Lecomte; L. playfairii (Hemsley) C. K. Allen; Neolitsea playfairii (Hemsley) Chun.
Young branchlets and abaxial surface of leaf blade glabrous or laxly pubescent, later deciduous and becoming glabrous. Leaf blade narrowly ovate or lanceolate, 4-6 × 1.3-2 cm, caudate-acuminate or caudate at apex.
A record from Vietnam (in Fl. Hainan. 1: 299. 1964) is erroneous.
The roots are used medicinally.
● Sunny mountain slopes, valleys, sparse forests and thickets; 200-1000 m. Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan.