Mespilodaphne sassafras Meisn.
Ocotea sassafras is a tree. The bole can be around 60cm in diameter[
The tree yields an essential oil that is used in the perfumery industry. Harvested from the wild, it also has a range of local medicinal uses and furnishes a valuable timber.
S. America - northeastern and eastern Brazil.
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The aromatic root and bark are antirheumatic, diuretic and sudorific[
The leaves are diuretic[
An essential oil is obtained from the wood[
]. Known as 'Brazilian Sassafras Oil', it is used in soaps, disinfectants, deodorants, sprays etc[
]. The oil is used as a source of safrol, which is isolated and then converted into heliotropine[
An essential oil is contained in the leaves and flowers. Contained in smaller quantities than in the wood, but said to be of better quality[
]. A delicate scent, it is much desired by the perfumery industry[
The aromatic wood is yellowish-green, sometimes dark gray, always with darker veins and blotches. Resistant to compression[
]. It is used for naval and general construction, applications in damp places, railway sleepers, floorboards etc[
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