racemosa (Miller) J. Moore
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Keywords in this picture :
- Lamina leaf blade
- Leaf parts
- Apical bud
- Plant parts
- Midrib upper surface
Places where this species can be found :
- Annandale Falls - GRENADA
- Morne Gazo - GRENADA
DescriptionTree to 13m. Foliage scented strongly of lemon or citronella (bay rum). Petioles 5-10mm. Blade 5-15cm long, apex rounded or obtuse. Veins prominent above when dry. 5 calyx lobes. Plants glabrous whn mature, some fine hairs at first. Panicles 5-10cm. 1-4 seeded berry with peristent calyx at top.
Interest(pimenta racemosa, Windward is=Bay tree->bay oil in perfumes and bay rum. Previously lvs mixed in rum and water. Soothing and antiseptic properties, and as hair tonic. Bay rum Manufactured in Trinidad from oil imported - occasionally drunk. A leaf tea or steam inhalation is used for fevers, and a bandage soaked in bay rum appied to the head to alleviate headaches and fevers. Add with other herbs to make relaxing and refreshing baths (Politi, 1996).
CollectorW.D. Hawthorne, S.Cable & D. Jules
LocationBotanical garden around waterfall.
NotesTreelet 4 m tall. BARK: grey, smooth. SLASH: thin, small as leaves. TWIGS: squarish. LEAVES: thick and leathery, smell of cloves when crushed: US midrib channelled; LS secs and tertiaries slightly raised. (RHS colour code: Leaf upper =147A, below=144A)