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A row of long narrow greenish-yellow flower petals on a Cananga odorata tree
cananga odorata
Cananga odorata (Ylang-Ylang,)

Originating in the Malesian ecoregion. This fast-growing tropical tree is celebrated for its intensely fragrant flowers, a trait that has not only spurred its spread but also underpins its commercial value. The essential oil distilled from ylang-ylang flowers carries a rich bouquet, contributing to its wide use in perfumery and aromatherapy, a practice believed to alleviate high blood pressure and skin problems, among other ailments. The tree holds cultural significance, with its flowers traditionally spread on the beds of newlywed couples in Indonesia and woven into leis in the Philippines. A great tree to have next to an outdoor patio. Photographed in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia.

In front of a dark blue sky yellow flowers on a cananga odorata tree

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