Abstract: The study gives a report on the diversity of Litsea (Lauraceae) occur in Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka, India. Study was conducted in two habitats of Kemmannugundi and Mullayyanagiri regions. Extensive field surveys were conducted for survey of the species by laying six belt transects of 250×4 m size. The data indicated that four species of Litsea occurred in the study sites; namely, Litsea floribunda, Litsea stocksii, Litsea glabrata and Litsea mysorensis. L. floribunda showed higher density when compared with other species, all the four species distributed frequently in Kemmannugundi whereas; in Mullayyanagiri only L. floribunda species is present. These trees commonly associated with other tree species are Cinnamomum verum, Neolitsea cassia, Maesa indica, Memecylon malabaricum and Syzizium cumini.
Fig.: Litsea species in Chikkamagaluru district, Karnataka: A–B, Litsea floribunda; C–D, Litsea sotockssi; E–F, Litsea mysorensis; G–H, Litsea glabrata.