Plant Diversity ›› 1997, Vol. 19 ›› Issue (01): 1-3.
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LiXiwen, Cheng Biqiang
'Xia-ye-gui' is a valuable plant of Cinnamomum recently discovered in China. The main constituent of its leaf essential oil is safrole whose content is up to 97%~ 99%. As an impor-tant source of safrole, its exploitation and utilization are in prospect. But its botanical name is confusing now. It is regarded sometimes as a variety or even a form of Cinnamomum burmannii (C. G. & Th. Nees) Bl. We prefer to regard it as a distinct species based on its morphology, habitat, phenology and chemical constituents in comparision with those of C.burmannii. 'Xia-ye-gui' is evidently an ancient riparian relic closely related to C.burmannii, but its botanical name is C. heyneanum Nees.
LiXiwen, Cheng Biqiang. A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE BOTANICAL NAME OF XIA-YE-GUI[J]. Plant Diversity, 1997, 19(01): 1-3.
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