from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of large anonaceous evergreen trees, including three species, all Malayan.
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- n. a genus of Malayan tree
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From a chemical point of view cananga oil has become interesting because of the information given by Gal,  that it contains benzoic acid, no doubt in the form of a compound ether.
As, however, the fruit of the same tree sent together with this cananga oil is described by Linck as uncommonly bitter, he cannot probably here refer to the present _Cananga odorata_, the fruit-pulp of which is expressly described by Humph and by Blume as sweetish.
Like the benzoic acid the acetic acid is, no doubt, present in cananga oil in the form of ether.
It is not known to me whether the oil of cananga was prepared in former times.
The kananga (Uvaria cananga, L.) being a tree of the largest size, surpassed by few in the forest, may well take the lead, on that account, in a description of those which bear flowers.
This small flower with an exotic name comes from cananga trees that grow over five meters high per year.
(may chang), cananga odorata (ylang ylang), boswellia carterii (frankincense)
The oil of the flowers of the before-mentioned _Michelia champaca_, which stood next to it, competes with the cananga oil, or ilang-ilang oil, in respect to fragrance. [