Botanical name: Litsea monopetala Family: Lauraceae (Laurel family)
Synonyms: Litsea polyantha, Tetranthera monopetala, Tetranthera alnoides
Meda is a small tree up to 18 m tall, with a straight to crooked trunk, up to 60 cm in diameter. Bark is longitudinally fissured, dark greyish, inner bark brown mottled. Alternately arranged elliptic leaves, 4.5-17 cm x 2.5-10 cm, are pointed or blunt, smooth above, sparsely hairy below. The midrib is sunken above, with 6-13 pairs of secondary veins which are sunken above. Leaf stalk is about 1-2.5 cm long. Yellow flowers are borne in stalked umbellets in short racemes, with 6 tepals and 9-12 stamens. Fruit is oblong to ellipsoid, 0.7-1.2 cm long, seated on a small flat perianth cup. Flowering: March-May.
The flower labeled Meda is ...