Tuesday, January 15, 2008


I always wanted to show this shrub but did not get a decent photo of its tiny flowers until today. This aromatic shrub (Aglaia Odorata) is a member of the Mahogany family (Meliaceae) and is known as Mock Lemon or Chinese perfume plant (Mei Sui Lan,) or Chinese rice flower. It flowers year round and the pinhead size tiny yellow flowers are delightfully fragrant. The flowers are used for scenting tea. This plant is priceless for me.

This flower is very famous in Vietnamese literature and mythology, having a rain with the same name in the months of September when the stars Vega and Altair, separated by the Milky Way, are visible in the Northern hemisphere ( the legend of Nguu Lang (Altair) and Chuc Nu (Vega.))

The organic extracts of the twigs and leaves of this Aglaia Odorata yield eight insecticidal derivatives, according to a scientific study in Phytochemistry, Vol. 51, issue 3, June 1999, pages 367-376. Wow! I didn't know that!

Hoa Ngau


Pat said...

That's a lovely photo and how interesting to read about the medicinal qualities of this plant!


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Anonymous said...

i didnt know that this plant has medicinal powers.