Jean-Jacques. Good morning! Almost like taking a wonderful trip on Sunday morning. I love that little guy at the top of the page. Do they operate at night - or all day long? Are they loners, or do they stay in family groups?
How do they get the ylang-ylang out of the cananga odorata trees?
Yes, those little guys are so cute you want to hand around with them...They are not specific to Mayotte, they originate from Madagascar but have been there since man memory. They come around during the day but nap at lunchtime and are more active in the morning and dayfall, they are always in groups, ten to fifteen, with female leaders.
The ylang is obtained by steam distillating the flowers, a huge amount is needed for a few drops.
Thank you for an excellent article. The island must be really fragrant if there are a lot of cananga trees. I am originally from Indonesia, and where I used to live as a child there were also cananga trees. When I used to walk near one, I noticed it right away, not because you see the flowers, but because of the scent. The flowers are yellowish green, so they are not very noticeable, but the scent gives it away. I had bought one plant but unfortunately it did not live long here in Virginia. Have to take it inside in Winter. --Another place I would like to visit.--
Your name sounds more French than Indonesian thought! Yes, those flowers are quite unconspicuous but very effective regarding the smell, somewhat like night jessamine (Cestrum nocturnum) which you may have gone by during your childhood too.