Ylang Ylang

Close up of Dwarf Ylang-Ylang flower with leaves. (Cananga fruticosa)

Cananga odorata

Synonymes :
Cananga
Cananga_odorata (Wikipedia)

Ylang-ylang tree
Cananga flower.JPG
Flowers of Cananga odorata
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Magnoliids
Order:Magnoliales
Family:Annonaceae
Genus:Cananga
Species:
C. odorata
Binomial name
Cananga odorata
A Cananga odorata in Maui

Cananga odorata, known as the cananga tree, is a tropical tree that is native to India, through parts of Indochina, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia, to Queensland, Australia. It is valued for the perfume extracted from its flowers, called ylang-ylang /ˈlæŋ ˈlæŋ/ EE-lang-EE-lang (a name also sometimes used for the tree itself), which is an essential oil used in aromatherapy. The tree is also called the fragrant cananga, Macassar-oil plant, or perfume tree. Its traditional Polynesian names include Mataʻoi (Cook Islands), Mohokoi (Tonga), Mosoʻoi (Samoa), Motoʻoi (Hawaii), and Mokosoi, Mokasoi or Mokohoi (Fiji).

The ylang-ylang vine (Artabotrys odoratissimus) and climbing ylang-ylang (Artabotrys hexapetalus) are woody, evergreen climbing plants in the same family. Artabotrys odoratissimus is also a source of perfume.

Ylang Ylang (Wiktionary)

English

Wikispecies

Alternative forms

  • ylang-ylang, ilang-ilang

Etymology

Tagalog, from either ilang (wilderness) or ilang-ilan (rare).

Noun

ylang ylang (countable and uncountable, plural ylang ylangs)

  1. (countable) The fragrant flower of a tropical tree (Cananga odorata) native to southeast Asia.
  2. (uncountable) An essential oil derived from this flower used in aromatherapy and perfumes.
  3. (countable) The tree on which ylang ylang flowers
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