Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Cryptocarya densiflora Blume
Blume, C.L. (1826) Bijdragen tot de Flora van Nederlandsch Indie 11: 556. Type: Crescit: in sylvis obscurioribus montis Salak.
Cinnamon Laurel; Laurel, Cinnomon; Laurel, White; White Laurel
Sapwood surface corrugated. A thin pale brown layer generally visible beneath the subrhytidome layer before the first section of the outer blaze. Often a poorly formed tree with a number of coppice shoots at the base.
Twigs fluted, clothed in straight brown, appressed hairs when young, but sometimes almost glabrous when older. Leaf blades about 8-15 x 2.5-6 cm, glaucous on the underside, clothed in straight, pale brown, appressed hairs when young but eventually becoming almost glabrous. Small foveoles sometimes visible in the axils of the basal pair of lateral veins. Midrib depressed, occasionally flush with the upper surface. Petioles channelled on the upper surface. Oil dots visible with a lens.
Fruits longitudinally ribbed, depressed globular, about 11-14 x 13-19.5 mm. Cotyledons white or cream.
Occurs in CYP, NEQ and CEQ. Altitudinal range from 450-1200 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed upland and mountain rain forest. Also occurs in Malesia.
This species has little commercial value as it seldom grows large enough to produce millable logs and the peculiar structure of the wood does not encourage use of the timber. Wood specific gravity 0.70 -0.72. Hyland (1989).