The WALA Plant Library

Synonyms for Camphor: Camphor Laurel, Gum Camphor, Camphor Tree
Scientific Name: Cinnamomum camphora (L.) J.S. Presl
Family: Lauraceae (Laurel Family)


"Thence we sailed to the isle of Rohat where the camphor trees grow to such a size that a hundred men could shelter under one of them with ease."
Such huge dimensions as described in the Arabian Nights are probably only to be found in the tree's native habitat: here the many-branched camphor tree can grow to a height of 40m with a spread of 5m. Its gnarled branches carry oval elliptic leaves which can also reach an impressive length of up to 13cm. The clusters of small, inconspicuous greenish-yellow flowers develop into purplish black berries. The camphor tree is related to the cinnamon and avocado trees.