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  Aglaia odorata Lour.
  Family Name : Meliaceae

  Common Names : Chinese Perfume Plant, Telur Belangkas, Mock Lime, Chulan, Bebak, Chinese Rice Flower, Pokok Telur Belangkas

  Chinese Name : 米仔兰

Chinese Perfume Plant,Telur Belangkas,Mock Lime,Chulan,Bebak,Chinese Rice Flower,Pokok Telur Belangkas
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Woody)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial (Mountain; Secondary Rainforest)
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Large shrub or small tree with highly branched crown, able to grow up to about 20 - 30 m tall.
      Foliage: Compound leaves measuring about 5 - 12 cm long are composed of 3-7 typically obovate leaflets (egg-shaped with the wider end at the tip). Leaflet are paired with the terminal leaflet larger than the others and each leaflet measuring about 6 cm long.
      Flowers: Yellow, fragrant flowers (2 mm wide) are arranged in an inflorescence known as a thyrse. The inflorescence is located in the leaf axils (the space between the upper surface of the leaf and the stem). Male and female flowers occur on separate individuals.
      Fruits: Indehiscent fruit is egg-shaped to approximately round (1-1.2 cm wide). The seeds are surrounded by fleshy tissue known as an aril.
      Etymology :
      Genus Aglaia is derived from the Greek word Αγλαιη which means splendour or beauty and also refers to one of the three Graces in Greek mythology. Species odorata refers to the fragrance produced by the flowers of the plant.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Food (Herb & Spice: The dried flowers and buds are added to tea for their pleasant fragrance.)
      Medicinal (In Philippines, Indonesia and China, the plant is used in folk medicine. The leaves are used to treat excessive menstruation. The flowers are used to treat cough, vertigo and ease childbirth.)
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Fragrant (Flowers: Dawn / Dusk)
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Hedge / Screening, Container Planting, Bonsai
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Butterfly Food Plant
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Stem Cutting (Semi-Hardwood)
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Smooth, Glossy / Shiny
      Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) :
      Green - Light Green
      Young Flush Texture(s) :
      Velvety / Furry / Tomentose
      Foliar Type :
      Compound (Odd-Pinnate)
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Ovate)
      Foliar Margin :
      Pinnately Lobed / Pinnatifid
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Unisexual Flowers (Dioecious)
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Yellow / Golden
      FlowerTexture(s) :
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Individual Flower Shape :
      [Remarks] (The flowers do not open and are shaped like grains of rice.)
      Inflorescence Type :
      Flowering Period :
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Indehiscent Dry Fruit
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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