Safrole-Rich Oil Production and Trade in Peninsular Malaysia (FR 86)

H. F. Lim et al.


9 pp


In Peninsular Malaysia, five species of Cinnamomum (i.e. C. impressicostatum, C. mollissimum, C. porrectum (formerly known as C. parthenoxylon), C. pubescens and C. sintoc) were reported to contain high levels of safrole (more than 50%) either in their leaves, bark or wood. The two non-Cinnamomum species (Dryobalanops aromatica and D. beccarii) whose essential oils rich in safrole (e.g. camphor oils) are harvested for their timber value. There is no evidence that such timber species are harvested for safrole-rich oils.