Nectandra cinnamomoides, Nectandra rodioei.
Nectandra cinnamomoides Nees. Lauraceae. American Cinnamon.
Pickering says the American cinnamon is a tree of the eastern slope of the equatorial Andes and is cultivated in the region about Quito. Its dried calices are brought also from forests to the eastward and are used as a spice.
Nectandra rodioei Hook. Greenheart.
A tree of Guiana. The timber is much valued in ship building. The fruit, of the size of a small apple, has a single seed about as large as a walnut. Though the fruit is very bitter, its seeds yield a starch which the Indians mix with rotten wood and make into a bitter, disagreeable kind of bread.
Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World, 1919, was edited by U. P. Hedrick.