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Ylang-ylang

Cananga odorata

Description:

C. odorata is a fast-growing tree of the custard apple family Annonaceae. Its growth exceeds 5 m (15 ft) per year and attains an average height of 12 m (40 ft) in an ideal climate.[citation needed] It grows in full or partial sun, and prefers the acidic soils of its native rainforest habitat. The evergreen leaves are smooth and glossy, oval, pointed and with wavy margins, and 13–20 cm (5–8 in) long. The flower is drooping, long-stalked, with six narrow, greenish-yellow (rarely pink) petals, rather like a sea star in appearance, and yields a highly fragrant essential oil.

Habitat:

Cananga odorata, commonly called ylang-ylan, cananga tree, ilang-ilang, kenanga in Indonesian, fragrant cananga, Macassar-oil plant or perfume tree, is a tropical tree which originates from the Philippines and is valued for its perfume. The essential oil derived from the flowers is used in aromatherapy.

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Benno Ibold
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Benno Ibold

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jul 24, 2015
Submitted on Aug 16, 2015

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