Nothaphoebe is a genus of about 40 species, most of which occur in southeast Asia. They are small or large, evergreen trees or shrubs. The leaves are alternate and pinninerved. Inflorescences are terminal or axillary panicles. The flowers are hermaphrodite, 3-merous, with two whorls of tepals of different sizes (outer tepals smaller). They have nine fertile stamens in three whorls, with glands on the innermost whorl; a fourth whorl of small staminodes may also be present. The fruit is a drupe or single-seeded berry and is partially enclosed by, or sits on a scarcely thickened pedicel. Nothaphoebe is sometimes regarded as a synonym of Persea (Rohwer 1993a, Li et al. 2005).
The genus is almost unknown in cultivation, but judging from the effect of N. cavaleriei, other species would be worth trying. A sheltered site with moist acidic soil would be most appropriate. Propagation is by seed or from cuttings, which root reasonably well, at least when the parent is young (T. Lasseigne, R. Olsen, pers. comms. 2007).