Common name: Wild Cinnamon
Malay name: Kayu Manis Hutan
Scientific name: Cinnamomum iners
Conservation status: Least concern, Cultivated, Native to Malaysia
A small, evergreen tree of 10-15 m tall. It has a bushy, round tree crown. The bark of tree has a light, cinnamon-like fragrance. Leaves are pinkish when young but turn dark green eventually. Leaf shape is elliptic to oblong. Crushed leaves emit a cinnamon-like fragrance. Flowers are cream white, pungent and clustered. Bear round, fleshy berries that are initially dark green and turn purplish black at maturity.
Habit: Perennial tree
Cultivation: It is planted by seeds or cuttings
Ecological function: The fruits are eaten by squirrels, bats and birds. It is a host plant (food plant of caterpillar) for Common Mime (Chilasa clytia clytia) and Common Bluebottle (Graphium sarpedon luctatius).
Pollinator: Hoverflies, small beetles and other small insects
Soil: Fertile loamy soils
Moisture: Well-drained soils
Shade: No shade
Use: Spice (leaf, wood), timber