Sunday, July 4, 2010

Kalingag (Cinnamomum mercadoi Vidal Lauraceae)

Kalingag as is known in the Philippines is a medium size tree with relatively thick, aromatic bark. It reaches a diameter of 60 cm and sometime more. Its bark is gray, without fissures or cracks and covered irregularly with cork pustules, which give it a slightly rough appearance. The leaves are smooth, opposite, elliptical , 7-14 cm long and 3-6.5 cm wide; apex is acute, tip is rounded; texture is leathery; both faces are glabrous, the upper face is shiny while the lower has glaucous ochre bloom.

Its medicinal values are; Its bark, when masticated and taken internally, helps in digestion. It is also used for flatulence (gas accumulation in the alimentary canal) ans as expectorant. It is used for tuberculosis and as a remedy for headaches and rheumatism.


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  2. Can you help me find seedling of Kalingag? I want to plant this in our farm. Im from Pasig. Very helpful for type 2 diabetic. Thanks