Cinnamomum camphora. CAMPHOR TREE. China, Japan
A member of the laurel family, which like all such members
(for example the California laurel) contains aromatic essential oils. Crush a
leaf and smell it. Camphor is distilled from the wood. The shiny green leaves
are distinctive, helping to identify the tree at a distance. Small yellow flowers
are followed by black berries containing a seed. Two venerable but declining patriarchs
are in the inner northeast island of the Quad, several are in front of Encina
Hall, and many are on Embarcadero Road near Newell Road, Palo Alto.
LAURACEAE (Laurel family)
Illus.: McMinn, Howard E. and Evelyn Maino. 1951. An illustrated manual of Pacific coast trees; with lists of trees recommended for various uses on the Pacific coast by H. W. Shepherd. 2d ed. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press.
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