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Useful Tropical Plants

Cryptocarya massoy

(Oken) Kosterm.

Lauraceae

+ Synonyms

Cinnamomum massoy Oken

Cryptocarya aromatica (Becc.) Kosterm.

Cryptocarya novoguineensis Teschner

Massoia aromatica Becc.

Common Name: Massoy Bark

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General Information

Massoy bark is an evergreen tree that can grow from 15 - 30 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be free of buttresses for 8 - 15 metres, around 25 - 50cm in diameter, sometimes with buttresses up to 150cm high[
388
Title
Guide to the Trees of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
Conn. B.J. & Damas. K.Q.
Website
http://www.pngplants.org/PNGtrees/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An Internet site giving good descriptions of the trees of Papua New Guinea.
].
A traditional medicine and food flavouring in parts of Indonesia and New Guinea. An essential oil obtained from the tree is exported for use in perfumery. The tree is also harvested on a commercial basis for its wood[
388
Title
Guide to the Trees of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
Conn. B.J. & Damas. K.Q.
Website
http://www.pngplants.org/PNGtrees/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An Internet site giving good descriptions of the trees of Papua New Guinea.
].
The tree is becoming rarer in its wild habitats due to over-collecting and poor regeneration[
542
Title
Ethnophytomedical Aspects and Conservation Strategy of Several Medicinal Plants in Java.
Publication
 
Author
Sangat H.M.; Larashati I.
Publisher
Biodiversitas
Year
July 2002
ISBN
1412-033X
Description
A PDF article, published on the Internet.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

388
Title
Guide to the Trees of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
Conn. B.J. & Damas. K.Q.
Website
http://www.pngplants.org/PNGtrees/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An Internet site giving good descriptions of the trees of Papua New Guinea.

Range

Southeast Asia - eastern Indonesia to Papua New Guinea.

Habitat

Forests.

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height23.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The bark is used as a condiment[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. It has been used as a substitute for cinnamon[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. It has been ground into a powder and used in curries.

Medicinal

The bark is used as a lotion[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. It is an essential ingredient in some herbal medicines in Java, where it has many uses, including preventing cramps during pregnancy, being used to stimulate recovery and restore vitality after childbirth, for woman after childbirth, to improve odour, as a tonic, and antispasmodic[
542
Title
Ethnophytomedical Aspects and Conservation Strategy of Several Medicinal Plants in Java.
Publication
 
Author
Sangat H.M.; Larashati I.
Publisher
Biodiversitas
Year
July 2002
ISBN
1412-033X
Description
A PDF article, published on the Internet.
].

Other Uses

An essential oil is obtained from the bark.
An essential oil is obtained from the fruit. It is used in perfumery.

The ground bark is used as a dye fixative in Javanese batiks.

The wood is a good quality hardwood[
388
Title
Guide to the Trees of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
Conn. B.J. & Damas. K.Q.
Website
http://www.pngplants.org/PNGtrees/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An Internet site giving good descriptions of the trees of Papua New Guinea.
].
Many Cryptocarya species that grow large enough are utilized for their timber, very often with several species being lumped together indiscriminately. Most species do not have very detailed individual descriptions of their timber - the following is a general description for the species[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
].
The heartwood is pinkish brown, grayish brown, reddish brown, or chocolate brown; it is not clearly differentiated from the somewhat lighter-coloured sapwood. The texture is rather fine to medium; the grain usually straight; lustre low; sometimes with an aromatic odour when freshly cut but without any distinctive odour or taste when dry. A silica content of up to 0:82% has been reported for some species. Some species are reported to be easy to season, whilst others have a tendency to warp and split. The wood is generally reported to be not difficult to work with hand and machine tools. Durability is variable with species; most species being not very durable when exposed to the elements. The sapwood is prone to powder-post beetle attack. The wood is often attractive and can be used for purposes such as cabinetwork, flooring, decorative veneers, panelling; whilst it is also often used for joinery, construction etc[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
].

Propagation

Seed -

Comments

TOPUL RALI 22nd December 2015 14:08
Young massoy trees transplanted from forests can grow quickly and reach a height of 6-7 m wiithin 3 years.

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