Cinnamomum is a
shrubs. All of them belong to the same family as the
laurel, Laurelaceae. The
species in the genus have aromatic oils in their
bark. There are over 300 species in the genus. They can be found in the
subtropical regions of
Well-known Cinnamomum species include
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum, also known as "true cinnamon" or Ceylon Cinnamon);
Cassia (C. aromaticum or C. cassia),
Camphor laurel (C. camphora),
Saigon cinnamon (C. loureiroi, also known as Vietnamese cinnamon, Vietnamese cassia, or Saigon cassia),
Malabathrum (C. tamala, also known as C. tejpata; tejpat or tej pat in
Hindi; or, inaccurately, "
Indian bay leaf").