Artabotrys hexapetalus (L) Bhandari, Baileya xii 149 (1965)

(Latin for 'with six petals')

Annona hexapetala L.
Annona uncinata Lam.
Artabotrys hamatus (Dunal) Blume
Artabotrys intermedius Hassk.
Artabotrys odoratissimus R.Brown ex Ker Gawl.
Artabotrys uncatus (Lour.) Baill.
Artabotrys uncinatus (Lam.) Merrill
Unona esculenta Dunal
Unona hamata Blume
Unona uncata (Lour.) Dunal
Unona uncinata (Lam.) Dunal
Uvaria esculenta Roxb. ex Rottl.
Uvaria hamata Roxb.
Uvaria odoratissima Roxb.
Uvaria uncata Lour.

Medium size climbing shrub to 10 m tall, climbing with hooks formed by the inflorescences. Narrowly elliptical leaves, alternate, 6-15 cm long, 2-4.5 cm wide, usually 3-4 times as long as wide, acute or almost so at base, short-acuminate at the tip, not glossy. Lateral veins are 8-16 pairs. Inflorescences hooked with 1 to 2 flowers. Flowers with two whorles of three greenish-yellow petals, 2-3 cm in diameter, sepals in one whorl of three, green. Flowers extremely fragrant. Fruits are 3-4 cm long when ripe, ovoid and smooth. Seeds 1.5-2 cm diameter.

When young, this climber grows just like a regular shrub but at ca. 2 m height, will start to vine. It is not an aggressive vine.

Sri Lanka and India to Burma to southern China and Taiwan. Elsewhere probably introduced as an ornamental.

Kept for their fragrant flowers, the fragrance lasts for several days after cutting the flowers and when soaked in water are able to scent entire rooms. In China also used in tea. The fruits are used as medicine against scrofula.

Local names
Burma: Kada ngan; Padat ngan; Tadiang hmwe.
China: Ying zhao hua; Ying zhao lan.
English: Climbing Lang Lang; Tail grape; Ylang-Ylang vine.
French: Coq du levant; Ilang Ilang grimpant; Liane ilang ilang.
Hawaii: Lanalana.
India: Chini Chambra (Manipuri); Hari Champa (Hindi); Hirva Chapa (Marathi); Kalomuro (Oriya); Kanthalichampa (Bengali); Madanmast (Hindi); Manorangini (Hindi); Manoranjanihu balli (Kannada); Manoranjithan (Tamil).
Japan: Iraniran noki; Tsuru iraniran.
Thailand: Karawek; Kradang nga chin; Saban nga chin.