Cinnamon Myrtle, Backhousia myrtifolia

Cinnamon Myrtle can grow up to a height of 33 yards. The leaves are characterized by oval or elliptical shape, 1-3 inches long, with a scent like cinnamon. Flowers originate in panicles with star-shaped blooms. The tiny, papery fruit are shaped like bells.

The Cinnamon Myrtle earned its common name in the late 1980s due to the elemicin essential oil it produced which made it particularly fitting for flavoring. However, the name ‘cinnamon myrtle’ is currently used to indicate the species in general.

In the late 1980 and early 1990s, the Australian bushfood cuisine helped to popularize the cinnamon myrtle as a common spice along with other plants of the Myrtaceae family, including the lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) and the aniseed myrtle (Syzygium anisatum).