Description from Flora of China
Neolitsea zeylanica (Nees & T. Nees) Merrill var. obovata H. Liu.
Shrubs or small trees, 4-6 m tall. Young branchlets and petioles densely ferruginous pubescent. Leaves alternate or clustered on top branchlets; petiole 1 cm; leaf blade obovate, 3.5-6 × 1.5-2.5 cm, glabrous, distinctly foveolate on both surfaces, triplinerved, lateral veins 2 or 3 pairs, lowermost pair arising ca. 5 mm from base, other pairs arising from above middle of blade, base cuneate, apex obtuse or abruptly acute. Umbels axillary, sessile, solitary or 2- or 3-fascicled, male umbel 4-flowered. Pedicel 2-3 mm, sericeous-pubescent. Perianth segments 4, elliptic. Male flowers: fertile stamens 6; filaments villous at base, of 3rd whorls each with 2 small subsessile glands at base; rudimentary pistil glabrous. Fruit globose, 4-5 mm in diam.; fruiting pedicel 6-9 mm, pubescent. Fl. Dec-Jan.
Neolitsea buisanensis f. sutsuoensis J. C. Liao (Mem. Coll. Agric. Natl. Taiwan Univ. 26(2): 119. 1986) was recognized in Fl. Taiwan, ed. 2 (2: 489. 1996), as a separate form with ovate leaf blades acuminate at the apex.
● Dense forests in valleys; ca. 1000 m. S Guangxi, Hainan, S Taiwan.