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Cinnamomum tamala

  • English Name : Bay leaf
  • Local Name (Nepali Name)) : Tejpat
  • BotanicalName : Cinnamomum tamala
  • Family Name : Lauraceae
  • Season : October-November
  • Parts Used : Leaves

Description

Cinnamomum tamala is a moderate sized evergreen tree which is the source of Tejpat leaves and the Indian cassia bark. It is distributed in tropical and sub-tropical Himalayas. In ancient Greece and Rome, the leaves were used to prepare fragrant oil, called Oleum Malabathri, and were therefore valuable.

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Appearance : Yellow to golden yellow liquid
  • Aroma : Characteristic spicy camphor-like odor
  • Flash Point :
  • Specific Gravity : 0.88106 to 0.945 at 25°C
  • Refractive Index : 1.4870 to 1.4975 at 25°C
  • Relative Index :
  • Ester Value : Not less than 65
  • Ester Value after Acetylation :
  • Optical Rotation : (-) 10.5 to (-) 20.5 at 25°C
  • Acid Number : 0.5 to 6.5
  • Total Alcohol :
  • Solubility : Soluble in alcohol
  • Soluble in water : Insoluble
  • Country of Origin : Nepal
  • Uses :
  • Packaging : 1Kg, 5 Kg, 10 kg, 25 Kg