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 ()
  • Environmental: shade/shelter (for shade/shelter over coffee fide F Neotrop 28:379-384. 1981)
  • Materials: essential oils ()
  • Materials: wood (timber fide Ency WTimber)
  • Medicines: folklore ()
  • Weed: ()

Distributional Range:


    Northern America
    • Mexico (s.)

    Southern America
    • 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
    • BRAZIL: Brazil
    • WESTERN SOUTH AMERICA: Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru

    Cultivated (also cult.)


    • Africa (tropical)

    Northern America
    • United States (s.e.)

    Southern America
    • WESTERN SOUTH AMERICA: Ecuador [Galapagos Islands]


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

Check other web resources for Cedrela odorata L. :


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2018. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: Accessed 21 April 2018.