Cinnamomum malabatrum (Burm.f.) J.Presl, Prir. Rostlin 2: 36 1825. (Syn: Cinnamomum malabathricum Lukman.; Cinnamomum malabatrum var. rheedei Lukman.; Cinnamomum malabatrum var. smithii Lukman.; Cinnamomum ochraceum Blume; Cinnamomum rheedii Lukman.; Laurus malabatrum Burm.f. ; Cinnamomum iners Reinw.);
Habit– Trees up to 15 m tall.
Trunk & Bark–Bark smooth, brown, pustular with aromatic smell; blaze pale brown.
Branches and Branchlets–Branchlets subterete, glabrous.
Leaves–Leaves simple, opposite to subopposite; petiole ca. 2 cm long, planoconvex in cross section, glabrous; lamina 9.5-30 x 3.5-7.5 cm, oblong or elliptic-oblong to oblong-lanceolate, apex acute to acuminate, base acute to attenuate, glabrous, shining above, aromatic, coriaceous; basally trinerved, laterals reaching nearly to leaf apex, midrib raised above; tertiary nerves horizontally percurrent; higher order nerves minutely reticulate.
Inflorescence / Flower–Inflorescence pseudoterminal and axillary lax panicles, many flowered, pubescent.
Fruit and Seed–Berry, ellipsoid; fruiting perianth cup 0.7 cm long with persistent lobes; seeds 1.
Common understorey trees in low and medium wet evergreen forests up to 1000 m.
Endemic to the Western Ghats- South and Central Sahyadris.
(Attributions- B. R. Ramesh, N. Ayyappan, Pierre Grard, Juliana Prosperi, S. Aravajy, Jean Pierre Pascal, The Biotik Team, French Institute of Pondicherry.
Piperaceae, Lauraceae and Thymelaeaceae SN 10 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
DS APR02/02 Tree Identification request Western Ghats Evergreen Forest : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).
What tree plz – with pinkish red leaves resembling that of mango. Didn’t try to get down as the road was risky. The western ghats evergreen forests are amazingly beautiful. Shot on the Coorg Thalassery road Karnataka-Kerala border
This is some Lauraceae member, may be Cinnamomum sp. I too saw the same in the same area this month on Iritty-Virajpet ghat section.
Correction- last month, March.
Thanks … same section I saw it too. It looks to be what you say… These must be plants of special medicinal interest as well I presume. They made a splendid sight on the mountain roads.
MS/10/3/2019 – ID of the plant :Cinnamon leaves : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5)- around 600 kb each.
C. verum, Synonym: C. zeylanicum
leaf with acrodromous venation pattern but that pattern of leaf veins also seen in so called Tamala patta or C. tamal but they grow in sub-himalayan regions up to altitude of 2400m asl.
Playing odds, I would go with C. verum.
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