racemosa (Miller) J. Moore
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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, D.Jules
LocationMt. Gazo forest reserve.
NotesLeaves very strongly scented like floor polish, Citrus, and 'Bay leaf'.