Scientific Name: Cananga odorata (Lam.) Hook.f. & Thomson

Family Name: Annonaceae


In traditional medicine, this tree is used against fever, blood pressure, malaria, asthma, various skin conditions, conjunctivitis, hypertension, stomach pains, indigestion, colic, and toothache among others.
Flowers, and the essential oil obtained from them, are anti-pruritic, anti-fungal, antiseptic and sedative, relieving tension, lowering blood pressure and reducing fever.

The flowers are used to flavor food and beverages. The flowers are also sometimes added to desserts, and the essential oil can be used sparingly in cooking. It is used in candies, icings, baked goods, soft drinks and chewing gum.

Wood is used locally for general construction, turnery and making canoes, and is also used for making boxes, tea chests and plywood.