Cinnamomum javanicum Blume

Last updated: 30 April 2015

Scientific Name

Cinnamomum javanicum Blume


Laurus malabatrum Burm.f. [unresolved] [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Medang wangi, medang teja, kulit lawang kechil (Peninsular) [2]; teja , kulit lawing kecil, medang kayu manis, karak bengkah, kayu kapur, kura bengkak, lawing kecil [3]
Indonesia Kayu tuha (Sumatra); huru gading, sintok lancing, sintok meyong (Sundanese; Javanese) [2]

Geographical Distributions

Cinnamomum javanicum can be found in Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Java and Borneo. C. javanicum locally common in lowland and hill forest, up to 1100 m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

C. javanicum comes from the family of Lauraceae. It is a small to medium-sized tree that can reach up to measure 21 m tall. Its bole can reach up to measure 50 cm in diameter and with up to 1 m high buttresses. The bark surface is smooth, lenticellate, grey and pink inner bark. [2]

The leaves are arranged opposite or subopposite, with a size of measuring 13-40 cm x 3-15 cm, wedge-shaped base, acuminate apex, velvety hairy below and 3-veined. The main veins are prominent above. The tertiary venation is scalariform, prominent below and with measure 1-2 cm long petiole. [2]

The inflorescence is terminal and it is measure 15-30 cm long. The flowers are velvety hairy. [2]

The fruit is an ovoid in shape and measure about 1.5 cm x 1 cm. The lower half is enclosed in the hairy and lobed perianth cup. [2]


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Chemical Constituent

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Traditional Use

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Preclinical Data

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Poisonous Management

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Figure 1: The line drawing of C. javanicum Blume [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Cinnamomum javanicum Blume[homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2015 Apr 28]. Available from:
  2. Cinnamomum javanicum Blume In:Lemmens RHMJ, Soerianegara I, Wong WC, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No.5(2): Timber trees: Minor Commercial Timbers. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publishers; 1995.
  3. Herbal Medicine Research Centre, Institute Medical Research. Compendium of Medicinal Plants Used in Malaysia. Volume 1. Kuala Lumpur: HMRC IMR; 2002. p. 171.