Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Philippine Stamp: Ilang-ilang (Cananga)

Cananga odorata, commonly called Ylang-ylang, cananga tree, Ilang-ilang, fragrant cananga, Macassar-oil plant or perfume tree, is a tree valued for its perfume. The essential oil derived from the flowers is used in aromatherapy. Cananga odorata is a fast-growing tree of the custard-apple family, Annonaceae.

In the Philippines, its flowers, together with the flowers of the sampaguita, are strung into a necklace (lei) and worn by women and used to adorn religious images.

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