Chloranthus inconspicuus Sw.
Chloranthus indicus Wight
Chloranthus obtusifolius Miq.
Nigrina spicata Thunb.
Common Name: Charan
Photograph by: Neyer
Charan is a small, ascending to spreading, glabrous shrub with fragrant leaves[
]. It grows up to 1.5 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for medicinal use and for its essential oil[
]. It is also widely planted as an ornamental in southeast Asia[
E. Asia - southern China, Japan, Thailand.
Forests at elevations of 200 - 1,000 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
The fragrant flowers and leaves, both rich in essential oil, are used to flavour tea and are often mixed with tea leaves before drying, to impart their scent. After drying, they are removed[
The plant is used medicinally in China[
The plant spreads and canbe used as an aromatic ground cover[
An essential oil can be obtained from the flowers[
]. It is a yellow to dark amber coloured viscous liquid with a delightfully soft, woody-floral odour, which is valuable for the perfume industry[
The essential oil blends well with many other oils and is commercially promising[
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