Lauraceae are an important component of wet tropical forests and are well represented in the Flora Malesiana region. Their identification has been hampered by two factors: several of the genera are poorly defined and existing keys require both flowers and fruits, which are, however, rarely present together on a specimen. Here a key based almost entirely on flowering specimens is presented, problems in generic delimitation are discussed and vegetative characters helpful in generic identification are listed.

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van der Werff, Henk. (2001). An annotated key to the genera of Lauraceae in the flora Malesiana region. Blumea: Biodiversity, Evolution and Biogeography of Plants, 46(1), 125–140.