Taxon: Cedrela odorata L.

Genus: Cedrela
Family: Meliaceae
Nomen number: 9685
Place of publication: Syst. nat. ed. 10, 2:940. 1759
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 10-Nov-1994 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 12-Sep-2005
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA)
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • Barbados-cedar  (Source: HerbSpices) - English
  • cigar-box-cedar  (Source: HerbSpices) - English
  • Mexican-cedar  (Source: Websters Dict) - English
  • Spanish-cedar  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • West Indian-cedar  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • cèdre acajou  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • cèdre des barbares  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • westindische Zeder  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • cedro colorado  (Source: Names Soukup) - Spanish
  • cedro real  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • cigarrlådeträd  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish
  • nan mei xiang chun  (Source: F Taiwan) - Transcribed Chinese
  • yang chun  (Source: F ChinaEng) - Transcribed Chinese

Economic Importance:

  • CITES Appendix III: (populations of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, and Peru)
  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Invasive Pl Spec)
  • Environmental: shade/shelter (for shade/shelter over coffee fide F Neotrop 28:379-384. 1981)
  • Materials: essential oils (fide F Ceylon)
  • Materials: wood (timber fide Ency WTimber)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Weed: (fide Invasive Pl Spec)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Mexico
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda ; Barbados ; Cayman Islands ; Cuba ; Dominica ; Dominican Republic ; Grenada ; Guadeloupe ; Haiti ; Jamaica ; Martinique ; Netherlands Antilles Curacao; Puerto Rico ; St. Lucia ; Trinidad and Tobago
    • Central America: Belize ; Costa Rica ; El Salvador ; Guatemala ; Honduras ; Nicaragua ; Panama
    • Northern South America: French Guiana ; Guyana ; Suriname ; Venezuela
    • Southern South America: Argentina
    • Western South America: Bolivia ; Ecuador ; Peru

  • Naturalized

  • Africa

    • Africa
  • Northern America

    • United States
  • Southern America

    • Western South America: Ecuador Galapagos Islands

  • Cultivated


  • Webster's third new international dictionary. 1961 (Websters Dict)
  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource on 2012 (Kulturvaxtdatabas)
  • Boutelje, J. B. Encyclopedia of world timbers, names and technical literature. 1980 (Ency WTimber)
  • CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendices I, II and III (on-line resource). (CITES Appendices)
  • Craker, L. E. & J. E. Simon, eds. Herbs, spices, and medicinal plants, 2 vols. 1986-1987 (HerbSpices)
  • Dassanayake, M. D. & F. R. Fosberg, eds. A revised handbook to the flora of Ceylon. 1980- (F Ceylon)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). (Ecocrop)
  • Howard, R. Flora of the lesser Antilles. 1974-1989 (F LAnt)
  • Li, H. L. et al., eds. Flora of Taiwan. 1975-1979 (F Taiwan)
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. 1976 (Hortus 3)
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker Herbs of commerce, ed. 2. 2000 (Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Pennington, T. D. 1981. Meliaceae Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 28:374-379.
  • Pennington, T. D. & A. N. Muellner A monograph of Cedrela (Meliaceae). 2010 (Monog Cedrela)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  • Soukup, J. Vocabulario de los nombres vulgares de la flora peruana. (Names Soukup)
  • Weber, E. Invasive plant species of the world: a reference guide to environmental weeds. 2003 (Invasive Pl Spec)
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. Flora of China (English edition). 1994- (F ChinaEng)


Check other web resources for Cedrela odorata L. :


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image