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Cananga odorata 04.JPG
Cananga odorata, leaves and flowers
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Magnoliids
Order: Magnoliales
Family: Annonaceae
Genus: Cananga
(DC.) Hook.f. & Thomson, nom. cons.[1]

Cananga is a small genus of trees in the family Annonaceae. One of its species, Cananga odorata, is important as the source of the perfume ylang-ylang.[2] Three species are recognized:[3]

Cananga latifolia is listed as a separate species in some sources,[4] but the basionym, Unona latifolia Hook.f. & Thomson, is a later homonym of Unona latifolia Dunal and so is not an acceptable name. Unona brandisiana was explicitly proposed as a replacement name.[3]


  1. ^ "Cananga (DC.) Hook.f. & Thomson", IPNI Plant Names, International Plant Names Index, retrieved 2015-08-28
  2. ^ "Ylang-ylang", Encyclopædia Britannica online, retrieved 2015-08-28
  3. ^ a b Turner, I.M. & Veldkamp, J.F. (2009), "A History of Cananga (Annonaceae)", The Gardens' Bulletin Singapore, 61 (1): 189–204, retrieved 2015-06-28
  4. ^ "Cananga", The Plant List 1.1, retrieved 2015-08-28