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Cinnamomum tsoi

Description from Flora of China

Trees, ca. 12 m tall, up to 45 cm d.b.h. Bark gray, scented. Branches terete, glabrous, resin-scented; branchlets somewhat compressed, angled, young part brown tomentose and conspicuously angled. Leaves subopposite; petiole 6-10 mm, sulcate adaxially, sparsely tomentose initially but soon glabrate; leaf blade brownish green and opaque abaxially, brown-green when dry and shiny adaxially, elliptic-lanceolate, 7-11 × 1.5-3.5 cm, leathery, sparsely undulate pubescent initially but soon glabrate abaxially, glabrous adaxially, triplinerved, midrib and basal lateral veins conspicuous abaxially, somewhat elevated adaxially, basal lateral veins with few additional veins outside, transverse veins and veinlets ± conspicuous abaxially, inconspicuous adaxially, base cuneate, margin entire, apex acuminate. Panicle axillary or subterminal, 2-3.5 cm; rachis appressed tomentose. Flowers unknown. Fruit ovoid, ca. 1.5 cm, less than 1 cm wide, apiculate; perianth cup in fruit shallowly cupuliform, ca. 0.5 cm, woody, entire. Fr. Oct-Dec.

The wood is finely grained, soft, light, and is used for furniture and house construction.

● Evergreen broad-leaved forests; below 2400 m. Guangxi (Mengshan), Hainan.


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