Nectandra cymbarum (Kunth) Nees
Nectandra elaiophora Barb.Rodr.
Common Name: Orinoco Sassafras
Orinoco sassafras is a tree.
The plant is harvested from the wild as a spice, medicine and source of essential oil and fuel. It is sometimes cultivated in Brazil and Ecuador[
The plant has come under risk in the wild, mainly due to the use of its wood for fuel[
]. It is currently classified as being of 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2010)[
The fruit is toxic[
S. America - Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
Rainforests, in areas subject to inundation[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
The bark of young shoots and the flower cups are used as a spice[
The bark of young shoots and the flower cups are used for medicinal purposes[
The stem contains a bitter principle. It is used as a diuretic, emmenagogue and tonic[
An aromatic, resinous oily liquid, containing mainly alpha and beta pinene, is obtained from the incised stem. Known as 'huile de sassafras', it resembles the oil obtained from Ocotea longifolia[
]. It is used for treating various skin diseases, including pityriasis of the scalp[
The bark is aromatic, digestive and excitant[
The fruit is toxic. It is used as an intoxicant[
An essential oil is obtained from the plant. It is used in perfumery. The oil is rich in safrole[
An oil exuded from the wood is used as a substitute for gasoline illuminating oil[
The wood is extensively used for fuel[
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