Cinnamomum osmophloeum

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Magnoliids
Order: Laurales
Family: Lauraceae
Genus: Cinnamomum
Species: C. osmophloeum
Binomial name
Cinnamomum osmophloeum

Cinnamomum osmophloeum, commonly known as pseudocinnamomum or indigenous cinnamon, is a medium-sized evergreen tree in the genus Cinnamomum. It is native to broad-leaved forests of central and northern Taiwan.[2][3]

Cinnamaldehyde, an essential oil extracted from C. osmophloeum, has numerous commercial uses. Also, it is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor, hence a potential drug for treatment of hyperuricemia and related medical conditions including gout.[4]


  1. Pan, F.J. (1998). "Cinnamomum osmophloeum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  2. Liao, Jih-Ching (1996). "Lauraceae". In Huang, Tseng-chieng. Flora of Taiwan. 2 (2nd ed.). Taipei, Taiwan: Editorial Committee of the Flora of Taiwan, Second Edition. pp. 433–499. ISBN 957-9019-52-5. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  3. Xi-wen Li; Jie Li; Henk van der Werff. "Cinnamomum osmophloeum". Flora of China. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  4. Wang SY, Yang CW, Liao JW, Zhen WW, Chu FH, Chang ST (August 2008). "Essential oil from leaves of Cinnamomum osmophloeum acts as a xanthine oxidase inhibitor and reduces the serum uric acid levels in oxonate-induced mice". Phytomedicine. 15 (11): 940–5. doi:10.1016/j.phymed.2008.06.002. PMID 18693097.
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