Indonesian Cinnamon, Cinnamomum burmannii

Cinnamomum burmannii is a flowering tree species. The plant may also be commonly referred to as Indonesian Cinnamon, Padang Cassia or Korintje. C. burmannii belongs to the Lauraceae family. The plant is most commonly known for its spice; the household spice cinnamon is made from the tree’s bark.

The species is found growing naturally in Southeast Asia and Indonesia, specifically in the West Sumatra and Western Jambi provinces. It prefers tropical climates, requiring wet environments. Cinnamomum burmannii has been introduced in many other parts of the world where it is now naturalized and has become an invasive species.

C. burmannii is known to grow up to 23 feet tall. The plant’s leaves grow approximately 4 inches long and 1.2 to 1.5 inches wide. Its leaves are green and have a smooth, glossy texture. In the early summer months C. burmanii trees produce tiny flowers that grow in small clusters. The flowers commonly come in shades of yellow. Its bark is dark brown and fragrant.

Image Caption: Indonesian Cinnamon (Cinnamomum burmannii). Credit: Yak/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)