IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU)

Cinnamomum sulphuratum Nees, Pl. Asiat. Rar. 2: 74 1831. ;


Malayalam Kattukaruva
Others Kula, Kattu karavu

Trees, to 8 m high, bark smooth, odorless, reddish brown; blaze dull red; branchlets slender, angular, densely, minute sub-appressed, yellow, fulvous, pilose. Apical bud small, densely yellow appressed fulvous pilose. Leaves simple, opposite or sub-opposite, estipulate; petiole 8-15 mm long, stout, yellow pilose when young; lamina 4-21 x 2-9 cm, elliptic, elliptic-ovate, elliptic-lanceolate or elliptic-oblong, base acute obtuse or shortly cuneate, apex acute or obtusely acuminate or acuminate, margin entire, glabrous and glossy above, glaucous and yellowish pubescent beneath, glabrous afterwards, coriaceous; 3-ribbed from at or a little above the base; side ribs reaching nearly to the apex, prominent beneath; intercostae scalariform, faint. Flowers bisexual, in axillary or terminal lax, yellow fulvous pilose panicles, branchlets few slender; perianth tube 1-1.5 mm long, densely yellow pilose on both sides; tepals 6, 2-4 mm long, ovate, acute, yellow pilose on both sides; stamens 9 perfect, those of first and second rows opposite the perianth lobes, introrse and eglandular, those of third row opposite the first row, lateral, bearing 2 large glands at the base; staminodes3, of the forth row opposite the second row, narrowly sagitate, stipitate, pilose; ovary half inferior, ellipsoid, as long as the style, stigma minute, peltate. Fruit a berry, 1 x 1.5 cm, cup-shaped; at the rim bears hard end, appressed-pilose, ovate, tepals; base of the cup fleshy, obconic, slightly merging into slender pedicel.
Flowering and fruiting: March-April
Evergreen and shola forests
Western Ghats




Cinnamomum verum – 08022014- PKa-Feb24 : Attachments (4). 4 posts by 3 authors.

Tree with beautiful foliage was seen dominating the forest cover of Mullayanagiri region.
Bot. name: Cinnamomum verum ( I hope the ID is corrrect),
Family: Lauraceae
date/Time: 25-01-2014 / 03:30PM
Habitat: Wild

Haunting sights! Really enjoying all your posts from the trek.

Looks like Cinnamomum sulphuratum for me

Thanks … for suggesting the ID.. ..




A tree : 8 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (3).
please Identify this tree. The  photos were taken on way to Dendeli.

It looks like Cinnamomum, could you please take the close up.

Perhaps, Cinnamomum sulphuratum Nees

Might be Cinnamomum or Mesua…..?

Looks like a species of Cinnamomum to me too

cant confirm. Sulphuratum has hairy buds, leaves and flowers. young leaves are of a pale golden yellowish tinge, and young leaves are not coloured like this. This is a different species, at least that is what I think. 
Species delimitation is also aided by the chemical composition. 

I too think it belongs to C. sulphuratum apparently but need closer shots for confirmation.





Amboli Ghat :: Cinnamomum sp. :: DVJAN99 : 6 posts by 3 authors. 4 images.
Amboli Ghat Maharashtra Date: 23 DEC 2014 Altitude: from 400 m to 700 m asl Cinnamomum sp. (family: Lauraceae)

Not much aware about the Cinnamomum species but the flowers look same what I posted recently.
Cinnamomum tamala.

Thank you very much … for the possible ID.

I also understand the Cinnamomum IDs require aspects of the plant to be shown in detail for arriving to ID.

Cinnamomum species in eFIoraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available) 
efi page on Cinnamomum tamala

Your Cinnamomum specimen appears to be C. sulphuratum. However, we need your specimen for confirmation. If you could send a herbarium specimen we will determine the identity and sent to you back.

Thank you very much … for the possible ID and for the help to tally specimen with herbarium. Apologies, I have not collected the specimen. If I visit the place again, I will try to get better pictures of the plant.




It is my pleasure to share few more images of Cinnamomum sulphuratum (Lauraceae), with fruits .

Ref: http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Sulphur%20Cinnamon.html

Habit: Tree

Habitat: Wild, Montane forests

Sighting: Bababudangiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1500 msl

Date: 15-05-2014 and 11-02-2015 

Oh! wonderful!!!

Again nice pictures of Cinnamomum. If you search more you may even get C. keralaense from Chikmagalur. I have seen the same at Kudremukha NP.

Thanks … I will certainly look for C.keralaense.





It is my pleasure to share few images of Cinnamomum sulphuratum (Lauraceae)

Ref: http://florakarnataka.ces.iisc.ernet.in/hjcb2/herbsheet.php?id=2542&cat=1 

Habit: Tree 

Habitat: Wild, evergreen forest 

Sighting: Kottigehera, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1100 msl 

Date: 04-03-2016

Another wonderful set.





Agumbe Ghat :: Cinnamomum FOR ID :: DVJAN21 : 7 posts by 2 authors. 4 images.

Agumbe Ghat (part of Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary) … Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka

Date: 28 DEC 2014 … Altitude: about 600 m asl at crest, about 250 m asl at foothill
The same plant is better illustrated in Anurag’s postANJAN51 Cinnamomum sp. for identification.
¿ Cinnamomum sp. ? (family: Lauraceae)

These pictures are not enough to identify Cinnamomum spp. One should know the nature of indumentum, floral characters, fruit characters etc. 
Perhaps The following source may be useful for better identification as they have a complete set of herbarium sheets of the plants of W. ghats. Please write to;
The head, Division of Taxonomy
Tropical Botanical garden & Research Institute (TBGRI)
Palode, Trivandrum District, Kerakla. 
You can google and find out more. 

Thanks to … I agree, the photos are insufficient, and do not show the relevant aspects needed to identify the species.

To me it seems to be Cinnamomum tamala.

Seems to be C malbarica

I feel these are close to images at Cinnamomum sulphuratum Nees being wild.

Thanks …, I too am inclined to believe this plant to be Cinnamomum sulphuratum.






ANJAN51 Cinnamomum sp. for identification : 8 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (9)
Family: Lauraceae
Date: 28th December 2014
Place: Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary
Habit: Medium sized tree

Is it Cinnamonum sulphuratum.

Cinnamomum – species in eFIoraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available)

To me it looks like Cinnamomum tamalaTelpatta, Tejpatra, Gurpatraj , Cinnamom leaf.

Cinnamomum tamala?

Cinnamomum zeylanicum for me.

Being wild, I feel it is close to images at Cinnamomum sulphuratum Nees