Cinnamomum burmannii

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Cinnamomum burmannii
Young Indonesian cassia tree, Indonesia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Magnoliids
Order: Laurales
Family: Lauraceae
Genus: Cinnamomum
Species: C. burmannii[1]
Binomial name
Cinnamomum burmannii

Cinnamomum burmannii, also known as Indonesian cinnamon, Padang cassia, or korintje, is one of several plants in the genus Cinnamomum whose bark is sold as the spice cinnamon. The most common and cheapest type of cinnamon in the US is made from powdered C. burmannii.[citation needed] Cinnamomum burmannii oil contains no eugenol.[2] It is also sold as quills of one layer.[2]

Description[edit]

C. burmannii is an evergreen tree growing up to 7 m in height with aromatic bark and smooth, angular branches.[3] The leaves are glossy green, oval, and about 10 cm (3.9 in) long and 3–4 cm (1.2–1.6 in) wide.[4] Small yellow flowers bloom in early summer,[5] and produce a dark drupe.[3]

Distribution[edit]

Cinnamomum burmanii is native to Southeast Asia and Indonesia.[6] It is normally found in West Sumatra and western Jambi province, with the Kerinci region being especially known as the center of production of quality, high essential-oil crops. C. burmanii grows in wet, tropical climates, and is an introduced species in parts of the subtropical world, particularly in Hawaiʻi, where it is naturalized and invasive.[3][4] It was introduced to Hawaiʻi from Asia in 1934 as a crop plant.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Classification for Kingdom Plantae Down to Species Cinnamomum burmannii (Nees & Th. Nees) Nees ex Blume". Natural Resources Conservation Service. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Indonesian Cinnamon (Cinnamomum burmannii)". Gernot Katzer’s Spice Pages. Retrieved December 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Motooka, Philip Susumu (2003). "Cinnamomum burmannii". Weeds of Hawaiʻi's pastures and natural areas: an identification and management guide. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa: College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. ISBN 1-929325-14-2. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Starr, Forest; Starr, Kim; Loope, Lloyd (January 2003). "Cinnamomum burmannii". Haleakala Field Station, Maui, Hawai'i: United States Geological Survey--Biological Resources Division. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Cinnamomum burmannii (Lauraceae)". National Tropical Botanical Garden. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ Wagner, Warren Lambert; Herbst, Derral R.; Sohmer, S. H. (1999). Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawai'i. Honolulu, Hawaiʻi: University of Hawaiʻi Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-2166-1. 
  7. ^ Wester, Lyndon (1992). "Origin and distribution of adventive alien flowering plants in Hawaiʻi". In Stone, Charles P.; Smith, Clifford W.; Tunison, J. Timothy. Alien plant invasions in native ecosystems of Hawaiʻi: management and research. Honolulu, Hawaiʻi: University of Hawaiʻi Press. p. 141. ISBN 978-0-8248-1474-8. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 

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