Agathophyllum cymosum Blume ex Meisn.
Agathophyllum lindleyanum Blume
Daphne cupularis Lindl. ex Baill.
Laurus coccineus Boj. ex Meisn.
Laurus cupularis Lindl. ex C.F.W.Meissn.
Laurus cymosa Willd. ex Nees
Laurus madagascariensis A.Juss. ex Baill.
Laurus madagascariensis Juss. ex Baill.
Mespilodaphne cymosa (Nees) Meisn.
Mespilodaphne lindleyana (Blume) Meisn.
Mespilodaphne tapak (Baill.) Danguy
Ocotea lindleyana (Blume) Palacky
Oreodaphne cymosa Nees
Ravensara tapak Baill.
Ocotea cymosa is an evergreen tree usually growing 20 - 25 metres tall. The bole is not always straight; it can be unbranched for up to 16 metres; around 80cm in diameter and with buttresses up to 1.5 metres tall[
The tree yields a high quality timber and so is commonly harvested from the wild for local use and also for trade.
Africa - eastern Madagascar.
Forests and coastal sands at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
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Although generally thought of as needing moderate amounts of sun, trials have shown that it is extremely shade tolerant[
The leaves, bark and fruits are aromatic; the leaves and fruits are used as condiment, the bark is added to locally prepared alcoholic drinks[
The heartwood is pale brown; it is usually indistinctly demarcated from the sapwood. The grain is usually interlocked, texture medium. The wood is moderately lightweight, it is often attacked by pinhole borers, but is moderately resistant to fungi, dry-wood borers, termites and marine borers. It is easy to saw and work with both hand and machine tools; sanding is sometimes needed for good results in planing operations; it is fairly easy to glue, paint and varnish; it nails well, with good nail-holding capacity. The peeling and slicing properties are good. The moulding properties are satisfactory and the wood is suitable for carving. It is resistant to impregnation by preservatives[
]. Freshly sawn wood has an unpleasant smell[
]. The wood of this species, and several other Ocotea species from Madagascar, is known as 'Varongy. It is in high demand for furniture, cabinet making, boat construction and mortars, but is also valued for construction, joinery, vehicle bodies, interior trim and pattern making. It is suitable for mine props, ship building, toys, novelties, boxes, crates, carvings, turnery, veneer and plywood. It is less suitable for flooring because it is too soft[
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