Common Name: Kalingag
Cinnamomum mercadoi is a small evergreen tree.
The bark is harvested from the wild and used locally as a medicine and food flavouring[
The plant is listed as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2009)[
Southeast Asia - Philippines.
Lowland and hill forest[
Succeeds in the moist lowland tropics.
Species in this genus generally prefer an acidic soil with ample moisture in the growing season and a position with some shade[
Species in this genus are generally able to resprout from basal wood if the top is damaged, and will soon recover from any damage[
The essential oil obtained from the bark has been recommended as a flavouring for root beers[
]. It has a strong sassafras aroma[
The bark is sometimes substituted for cinnamon and used as a condiment[
The essential oil from the bark is used locally as a medicine[
The bark has rubefacient properties and is utilized as a remedy for headaches and rheumatism[
]. It is also chewed as a remedy for stomach troubles, and is used in the treatment of tuberculosis[
The leaves are analgesic and expectorant; and are also used to treat indigestion and flatulence[
A preliminary screening of methanolic extract of kalingag suggests that it can be a potent source of novel compounds
for the treatment of infectious diseases[
An extract of the bark has been shown to be antioxidant and antibacterial[
An extract of the leaves has shown analgesic activity[
A methanol extraction of the bark has shown very effective antidiarrhoeal activity[
Seed - the seed of species in this genus generally has a short viability and is best sown as soon in containers as it is ripe[
]. Remove the fruit pulp since this can inhibit germination[
]. Soaking the seeds for 24 hours in lukewarm water hastens germination[
], which can take 1 - 6 months at 20°c[
]. The germination rate of fresh seed is about 50%, falling to 25% for seed 6 months old, and zero for those 1 year old[
]. Stored seed should be sown as soon as possible in containers[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions when 10cm or more tall.
Cuttings of semi-ripe side shoots, 7cm with a heel, in a frame with bottom heat[
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