chinese house plant identity

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  1. growing4it

    growing4it Active Member 10 Years

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    I've always wondered about the identity of this houseplant. As you can see the leaves are glossy. The 'flowers' are the little green beads. I've been told that this plant is 'Chinese' and very fragrant.
     

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    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    Hmm. Perhaps Aglaia odorata, Chinese Perfume Plant.
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    I thought a plant with such a distinctive inflorescence would be easy to identify. (Parlour Palm has a similar flower stalk as seen in the photo in the thread neanthe bella seeds? | UBC Botanical Garden Forums.) Is it a shrub or a vine? Do the flowers develop into tiny yellow balls? What is the fragrance like?
     
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    Andrey Zharkikh Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Aglaia odorata has pedunculate flowers and entire leaves whereas this plant does not have peduncles and its leaves are toothed.
     
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    paion Active Member 10 Years

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    Chloranthaceae? Chloranthus spicatus is supposedly fragrant, the other possibility would be Sarcandra glabra.
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    It does look like Chloranthus spicatus. Its fragrance is supposedly very similar to that of Aglaia odorata. Here is one fan's writeup on this plant.

    growing4it,
    Would you be willing to part with a cutting or two?
     
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    growing4it Active Member 10 Years

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    Wow. It really looks lilke Chloranthus spicatus, so I guess that's it!
     

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