Cinnamomum travancoricum is an evergreen tree growing around 5 - 6 metres tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
E. Asia - southern India.
Evergreen Shola forests; at elevations around 2,000 metres
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 bark and leaves are aromatic.
The plant (part not specified) is used for treating wounds, fevers, intestinal worms, headaches and menstrual problems[
The bark yields around 1.2% essential oil. This has been shown to be an effective antifungal against several fungus species, with total inhibition of Aspergillus flavus, Penicillum notatum and Candida albicans[
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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