Scientific name Pimenta racemosa
Higher classification Pimenta
|Similar Pimenta, Myrtaceae, Allspice, Amyris, Bourbon geranium|
Pimenta racemosa west indian bay tree
Pimenta racemosa is a species of plant in the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) that is native to the Caribbean region. Common names include West Indian bay tree, bay rum tree, and ciliment. It is used in cooking and an essential oil is distilled to produce a fragrant cologne called bay rum; although bay rum is essentially rum, the concentrated essential oil is toxic and renders the product undrinkable. The tree is 4-12 m tall and the white flowers, about 10 mm wide, become black, oval fruits measuring 7-12 mm. The plants are now grown widely in other tropical areas, including Oceania. The ideal conditions for P. racemosa are regular irrigation and bright sunshine.
Pimenta racemosa bay rum tree for sale
Pimenta racemosa is widely introduced, and can become an invasive weed.