Sri Lanka Cinnamon, Cinnamomum verum

Cinnamomum verum is an evergreen tree species. The plant may also be commonly referred to as True cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, or Sri Lanka cinnamon. C. verum belongs to the Lauraceae family. This small tree is popular because its inner bark is used to make the common spice cinnamon.  A large majority of plants grow in Sri Lanka; however it is cultivated for commercial purposes in other regions.

C. verum trees can grow anywhere between 32 and 50 feet tall. Its leaves are longer than they are wide and measure between 2.75 to 7 inches long. The species produces flowers that give off a strong odor and are typically green in coloration. Its flowers grow in panicles. After flowering the plant develops small fruits, which may also be referred to as drupes. Its fruit contains only one single seed and the casing grows only .4 inches in diameter.

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