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Cananga odorata
Ylang Ylang

The ylang-ylang (pronounced ee-lang ee-lang) is a large tree of the primative Annonaceae family. Its long yellow petals on the flowers are very aromatic and have thus been used as an ingreedent in perfumes and aromatherapy. The scent has been reportedly used medicinally to help in anxiety, depression, frigidity, hypertension, palpitations and stress.

Ylang Ylang Cananga odorata: Photo Rob Nelson

Ylang Ylang is native to Malaysia and Indonesia, but can now be found naturalized throughout most of the larger Pacific Islands, Northern Australia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Taxonomy

.Kingdom Plantae – Plants
- Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
-- Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
--- Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
---- Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
----- Subclass Magnoliidae –
------ Order Magnoliales –
------- Family Annonaceae – Custard-apple family
-------- Genus Cananga (DC.) Hook. f. & T. Thomson – ilang-ilang
--------- Species Cananga odorata (Lam.) Hook. f. & T. Thomson – ilang-ilang

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Text by Rob Nelson

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