Cinnamon: Cinnamomum verum (syn: C.zeylanicum)
The genus is a native of south western tropical India and Srilanka consist of more than 250 species distributed in South East Asia, China, Australia etc. Srilanka is the leader in cinnamon production; Seychellus and Malagay Republic are the other major producing countries. The introduction of C. verum from Srilanka and C. cassia from China to India in due course enhanced cinnamon production in India. The conservation of available variability of cinnamon in India and from exotic sources is carried out at IISR, Calicut, RRL, Bhubaneswar, KAU and TNAU. The genus cinnamomum has two centre of diversity in India, the north east region and the Western ghats, South India.
The existence of wide variability for number of peeler shoots per plant, plant height, plant girth and tree spread indicated that the further improvement in the genotype may be made through selection
Navashree & Nithyashree