cinnamomum camphora

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Related to cinnamomum camphora: camphor tree, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Cinnamomum cassia
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Tall 100 ft (30m) tree with waxy glossy leaves that smell like camphor when crushed. Masses of small white flowers, black berry-like toxic fruit. Very rough bark with vertical fissures. The tree has very strong volatile compounds and is considered toxic, but many people make tea from young leaves and shoots. Gum and bark are used for digestive upset, circulation, pain, nerves, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis, skin conditions. Camphor steam used for colds, sinus infections. It is said inhaling too much affects central nervous system. Sometimes used to make “fake Eucalyptus” oil. Be careful. Keep kids away, and definitely do not take if pregnant. Keeps insects away in closet.
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Tree species Family Province(s) Number of specimens Phoebe zhennan Lauraceae Sichuan 21 Machilus nanmu Lauraceae Sichuan 6 Cinnamomum camphora Lauraceae Sichuan, Hunan 7 Phoebe neurantha Lauraceae Fujian 4 Schima superba Theaceae Fujian 1 Picea asperata Pinaceae Sichuan 6 (all the same collection)
Headspace solid phase micro-extraction followed by gas chromatography--mass spectrometry analysis of the volatile components in seeds of Cinnamomum camphora.
Adding to this risk, stellate scale has been observed to utilize both the camphor tree, Cinnamomum camphora (Lauraceae) (Jansen 1995), and a congener (Schefflera arbolicola) (Qin & Gullan 1994) of the Queensland umbrella tree, S.