It is occasionally sold as a house plant under the name "Chinese perfume plant." It can be grown outdoors in USDA zones 9 and 10.
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Aglaia odorata is a small tree that retains its green leaves throughout the year, and can reach a height of 2 to 5 meters. It is multiple branched and its leaves are 5 to 12 centimeters long. It has small golden yellow raceme oval-shaped flowers with 6 petals. The fruit is red, about one centimeter long and egg-shaped, containing one to two seeds.
Traditional medicinal use
Many parts of Aglaia odorata - roots, leaves, flowers and branches - can be used as medicine.
- The roots are boiled with water to make a drink to increase appetite. n the Philippines, the roots and leaves can be used as a tonic.
- The dried flowers are used to cure mouth ulcers and reduce fever.
- In China, the dried branches and leaves are boiled in water and used to reduce pain from rheumatic joints, injuries from falls, superficial infections and toxic swelling.
The dried flowers can be used to produce perfume for clothes and mixed into cigarettes.
Aglaia odorata can be used as an organic herbicide to control grass and weeds in fields, such as rice fields and maize fields.
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