Cananga odorata

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Cananga odorata (Lam.) Hook.f. & Tho

Annonaceae

Life form: tree
Usage: economic plant / Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: half shade   10

Moisture: moist

Soil: clay - Soil: loamy clay

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: six-stellate
Fruit: berry

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Inflorescence: cluster

Petals: not specified
Habit: pendant

Canopy: large weeping

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Magnoliopsida
Subclassis:
Magnoliidae
Superordo:
Magnolianae
Ordo:
Annonales

Cananga odorata is a tree.

Naming

Cananga odorata was already described and the name validly published by Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet de Lamarck. It was Joseph Dalton Hooker and Thomas Thomson, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1855.

Taxonomy

Cananga odorata is a species in the genus Cananga which contains approximately 4 to 7 species and belongs to the family of the Annonaceae (Custard-apple Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The trees have a large weeping canopy and reach heights of 10 to 20 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Cananga odorata is evergreen. The green, simple leaves are alternate. They are lanceolate, entire and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Cananga odorata produces cluster of pendant, yellow six-stellate flowers from August to October.

The trees produce berries.

Root System

Distribution

Cananga odorata is native to North Australia, the Pacific Islands, the Philippines and the Malay Archipelago.

Cultivation

The trees prefer a half-shady situation on moist soil. The substrate should be clay or loamy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1°C (USDA zone 10).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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