Aglaia odorata

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Aglaia odorata
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Meliaceae
Genus: Aglaia
A. odorata
Binomial name
Aglaia odorata

Aglaia odorata is a species of plant in the family Meliaceae. It is found in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and possibly Laos.[1]

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.


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.[2]


Traditional medicinal use[edit]

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. In the Philippines, the roots and leaves can be used as a tonic.[3]
  • The dried flowers are used to cure mouth ulcers and reduce fever.[2]
  • 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.[4]


The dried flowers can be used to produce perfume for clothes and mixed into cigarettes.[3]


Aglaia odorata can be used as an organic herbicide to control grass and weeds in fields, such as rice fields and maize fields.[4]


  1. ^ a b Pannell, C.M. (1998). "Aglaia odorata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 1998: e.T34913A9896864. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.1998.RLTS.T34913A9896864.en. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b "ประยงค์ สรรพคุณและประโยชน์ของต้นประยงค์ 24 ข้อ". frynn. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Sinamomong-sungsong". Stuartxchange. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Aglaia odorata Lour". School of Chinese Medicine. Archived from the original on 10 May 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015.

External links[edit]

  • Aglaia odorata Lour. Medicinal Plant Images Database (School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University) (in Chinese) (in English)