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Aglaia odorata Lour.

Aglaia odorata Lour.




Aglaia chaudocensis Pierre, Aglaia duperreana Pierre, Aglaia oblanceolata Craib.

Vernacular Names

Malaysia Me shui Ian (Chinese, Peninsular), chulan, pokok telur belangkas (Peninsular).
English Chinese rice-flower
Indonesia Pacar cina (Sumatra, Java), bunga maniran (Kalimantan), pacar culam (Java, Moluccas).
Philippines Cinamomo (Sp), sinamomong-sunsong (Tagalog).
Burma(Myanmar) Thanat-ka-wa.
Cambodia Trayang.
Laos 'Khai1pou.
Thailand Homklai (Peninsular), khayong (Northern), prayong (Central).
Vietnam Ng[aa]u, boa ng[aa]u.

Geographical Distributions

Its distribution is throughout Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Vietnam, Hainan (China) and Thailand; possibly in Laos and the Moluccas. It is also cultivated in India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Java.


This is a shrub or small tree that can reach up to 10 m tall.

The leaflets are 3-5(-7), opposite and with 5-9 pairs of secondary veins. They are usually smooth and hairless or occasionally with few yellowish-brown stellate scales with a fringed margin below.

The flowers are 5-merous, 5 anthers, style-head ovoid or narrowly ovoid, longitudinally ridged and with 2 small apical lobes.

The fruit is indehiscent with 1-locular.

Ecology / Cultivation

A. odorata occurs scattered but is common and found in evergreen primary and secondary forest, sometimes along the coast, up to 700 m altitude.

Line Drawing / Photograph


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