Mock Lime

A genus of about 250 species of evergreen trees and shrubs, native to Asia and the Pacific Islands. The flowers of A. odorata (mock lime) have an exquisite perfume that lasts almost indefinately when they are dried. It is often grown as a hedge in the tropics and may be planted alternately with Murraya paniculata (orange jasmine), which has very similar foliage in a darker shade of green. Aglaia is an ancient Greek word meaning "splendid". Little is known about this large genus of tropical trees and shrubs. Aglaia argentea is used in Indonesia for feverish illnesses and in preparations to treat leprosy. Mock lime is also used medicinally, but remains primarily a perfume plant.

Elegant shrub or tree with glossy leaves, to 15cm (6in) long, divided into 5-7 leaflets. Tiny yellow vanilla-scented flowers are produced in panicles in spring.

Common Name:
Mock Lime
Other Names:
Chinese Perfume Plant
Botanical Name:
Aglaia odorata
Native Location:
SE Asia and China
Rich, well-drained soil with ample moisture, warmth, and humidity; in sun or partial shade.
By semi-ripe cutting in summer
Leaves are picked during the growing season and used fresh or dried in decoctions. Flowers are gathered as they open then dried for infusions and scented articles. Renew dried parts annually for medicinal use.
15m (50ft)
10m (30ft)
Min. 15-18°C (59-64°F)
Parts Used:
Leaves, flowers
An aromatic, tonic herb that lowers fevers.
Medicinal Uses:
Internally for feverish and convulsive illnesses, and menopausal problems.
Culinary Uses:
Dried flowers are used to scent tea (China). Young leaves are eaten as a vegetable.
Economic Uses:
Flowers are used to make joss sticks and potpourris.
Encyclopedia of Herbs by Deni Brown Copyright © 1995, 2001 Dorling Kindersley Limited. Pg 107