Michelia ×alba DC.

Ilang Ilang

(m. champaca × m. montana) Tree eventually to 20 m or more tall but smaller in cultivation. Branchlets and stipules grey hairy. Leaves hairless or sparsely hairy, ovate, mostly 15-35 cm long, 6-10 cm wide, base tapering, veins 12-18 pairs and evident on both surfaces. Leaf stalk 1.5-5 cm long. Flowers white, fragrant, perianth segments 8-12, 3-5.5 cm long; summer. Carpels mostly 10, sterile in se Australia. [m. longifolia Blume]

Origin unknown

Widely cultivated in tropics and subtropics, frost sensitive. Quite rare in cultivation in SE Australia but grows well. Planted widely in Java (where it probably arose over 200 years ago) and Bali.

A source of perfume oils.

White flowers with 8-12 segments; carpels mostly 10.

Specimens?VIC: Burnley (VCAH); Camberwell (Trafalgar Road, private garden); Melbourne (Royal Bot. Gds, Chinese Bed at 'H' Gate).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Magnoliaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.