學名：Cinnamomum brevipedunculatum C. E. Chang
英名：Small-Leaved Cinnamon Tree
An evergreen small tree in the genus Cinnamomum, endemic to Taiwan, distributed on the Hengchun Peninsula, listed in the rare and valuable category in the Wildlife Conservation Act. The plant is 3~5m in height. New stems are coated with brown villi and turn glabrous when mature; the leaves are opposite, rarely alternate, ovate or ovate-elliptic, entire margin, leathery, with triplinerved veins. Panicles, small flowers, yellowish green, terminal or axillary, flowering from January to March. The fruit is spherical and turns from green to milky yellow when mature. Fruiting in August.
The plant favors full-sun and warm environments, the saplings are slightly shade-resistant. It prefers sandy loam with rich humus and good drainage. Resistant to pruning, easy to sprout and branch. Propagated mainly by sowing, followed by air layering and cutting.
Proper pruning can make the branches and leaves denser and more beautiful. It’s suitable for single, cluster plantation or as hedgerow in gardens. Because of the limited distribution in wilderness, opportunities such as promoting the applications of horticulture and reproduction can contribute significantly to ecological conservation.