Laureliopsis philippiana

Laureliopsis philippiana is a genus of flowering plants with just one species, Laureliopsis philippiana, known as tepa, endemic to Chile and Argentina.

In Chile, it is, found from Maule to Aysen. It grows on wet and deep soils.

The plant is a handsome evergreen shrub from Chile or tree with a semi-weeping habit.


Highly aromatic leathery leaves. Small green flowers in late spring.

Perfectly hardy if grown in a sheltered wooded valley.

The Laureliopsis philippiana or tepa is a species used for decoration.

Its leaf is very aromatic, and it has a smell similar to limes; this is different from its wood, which has an unpleasant odour.