Cinnamon is a small evergreen tree 10–15 meters tall, native to Sri Lanka
and South India. The bark is widely used as a spice due to its distinct
odour. In India it is also known as "Daalchini". The leaves are
ovate-oblong in shape, 7–18 cm long. The flowers, which are arranged in
panicles, have a greenish color, and have a distinct odor. The fruit is a
purple 1 cm berry containing a single seed. Cinnamon has been known from
remote antiquity, and it was so highly prized among ancient nations that it
was regarded as a gift fit for monarchs and other great potentates. It was
imported to Egypt from China as early as 2000 BC, and is mentioned in the
Bible in Exodus.
Identification credit: Aarti Khale, J.M. Garg
Photographed in Manipur & Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai.
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