Category: fragrance agents. Recommendation for dipteryx odorata bean extract flavor usage levels up to: not for flavor use. Identity. Top of page. Preferred Scientific Name. Dipteryx odorata (Aubl.) Willd. Preferred Common Name. tonka bean. Other Scientific Names. Dipteryx odorata is a large tree endemic to South America; it is found in Brasil, Bolivia, Colombia, Guyana, French Guyana, Honduras, and Venezuela. It has a.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Plenty in it for both the casual reader and the serious student. Etymology The word tonka is taken from the Galibi Carib tongue dupteryx by natives of French Guayana; it also appears in Tupi, another language of the same region, as the name of the tree.

Dipteryx odorata

It is hardy to zone UK They are black and wrinkled and have a smooth, brown interior. The fragrant seeds are a rich source of coumarin.

This site works better with JavaScript enabled! The most important importing country is the United Stateswhere it is used especially in the tobacco industry. Seed – it has a very short viability and needs to be sown as soon as it is ripe[ ].

The seed contains coumarin, which is used in perfume and for flavouring tobacco and whisky[ ]. If you have important information about this plant that may help other users please add a comment or link below. This QR Code is unique to this page. Dipteryx odorata commonly known as “cumaru” or “kumaru” dipterx a species of flowering tree in the pea family, Fabaceae. For other sweet spices, see licorice. Coumarin is toxic and causes serious though reversible liver damage in high dosages or if applied regularly over some time; toxic doses range around one gram, but some individuals are more suceptible.


Smartphone users quickly have information on a plant directly for the pfaf. The fresh heartwood is a reddish-brown or purplish-brown colour with attractive light yellowish-brown or purplish streaks, seasoning to a variegated reddish and yellowish brown but after exposure to light gradually becoming a uniform yellowish brown or light brown; it is distinctly demarcated from the 3 – 5cm wide diptetyx of brownish yellow or yellowish brown sapwood[ ].

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When ingested, these can cause damage to the heart and liver and cause odoraya ]. You will receive a range of benefits including: An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region. Tonkabohnen Scents of Earth: Prefers a pH in the range 5.

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Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[ ]. Until their research, it had been assumed unlikely that any Amazonian tree could live to old age due to the conditions of the rain forest.


Always seek advice from a dipheryx before using a plant medicinally.

Dipteryx odorata – Useful Tropical Plants

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The wood is also very strong, very dense, tough and very resistant to decay when in contact with the soil[ ]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall of 2, – 2,mm, but tolerates 1, – 4,mm[ ]. The seeds are used in pot pourri[ ]. Graham, Fernando Cabieses, Bernard D.

The best growth is reached on fertile soils rich in humus. Publisher Tropenbos-Guyana Programme; Georgetown, Guyana Year ISBN Description A very detailed study of the peoples and the plants they use, it includes a field guide to almost species of useful plants.

It is also used in French cuisine.