The ylang-ylang, scientifically known as Cananga odorata, is a tree that is known for its fragrant yellow flowers. An essential oil derived from these flowers is used for making perfumes and for aromatherapy.
Originating from the Philippines, the name of the ylang-ylang tree is presumably derived from the Tagalog word ilang, meaning "wilderness", alluding to its natural habitat. Other sources say it was ilang-ilan or "rare."
Other countries propagate ylang-ylang as an export crop. For instance, the essential oil alone constitutes 29% of the annual exports of Comoros. The Philippine government should take note, start an industry and penetrate the growing world perfumery market.