Sunday, June 6, 2010

Varieties and Uses of Michelia Champaca Flower

Common names include champaca', champak, Sonchaaphaa, Shengagam Tamil or golden champa, champa, cempaka, sampenga, sampangi, sampige and shamba. All other names above apply to plumeria varieties as well with the exception of Sonchaaphaa which is exclusively this particular subvariety as considered in the western regions, with some half a dozen varieties of Plumeria along with Michelia Champaka (three varieties) and two varieties of Ylang Ylang covered under the generic name Chaaphaa in Marathi, and some given independent names ending in the generic Chaaphaa; red plumeria variety for instance is Dev Chaaphaa or God's Champa, and the two Ylang Ylang varieties each have a separate name as well.

The flowers are used in Southeast Asia for several purposes. They are primarily used for worship at temples whether at home or out, and more generally worn in hair by girls and women as a means of beauty ornament as well as a natural perfume. Also, with globalisation opening other ways many other varieties of flowers are used to be floated in bowls of water to scent the room, as a fragrant decoration for bridal beds, and for garlands; Michelia Champaka however is more rare and has a strong perfume, and is not that commonly or plentifully used - for example in hair it is worn singly or as a small corsage but rarely as a whole garland, and for bridal beds it is most often jasmine and roses while for bowls of water to be placed around rooms usually other, more colourful for visual decoration and less strongly perfumed flowers are used.


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelia_champaca

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