Bunga apa? (Name of the flower?)


This tiny white flower has very nice fragrance like the pandan leaves. I found them in the Penang Botanic Gardens and wish I can steal some home to keep as potpourri because it smells so nice!


I tried comparing with the ones the Indian women used to weave into their hairs but it is not the same.

This white flower has the tiny ball like middle part. The plant is a big bush the height of 5 feet and the leaves are rather green and shiny. Ever heard of smelling some fragrance and people think it may be ghosts or spirits around? I think this describe the smell of this flower. Another one of my spooky flower tales.

Anyone knows the name? I really would like to know about it more.


‘Kesidang ‘ or ‘canangrium scortechinii’ is a special small plant . The stems are small yet hard and the branch blooms on the tip. This plant consist a type of latex, the leaves are similar to the ‘sirih’ and it gives shade to other trees nearby . It’s small shape and soft characteristic makes it the choice of decoration in high and respected places.

The tradisional community of Melaka use the ‘Kesidang’ to groom the female’s hair, bride’s accessories and ritual ceremonies such as ‘tapak sirih’ and ‘bunga rampai’.

‘Kesidang’ represent the humble character and personality of the people of Melaka whom are friendly and courteous. Source

Thanks to garden malaysia who left the comment. Can I credit you? Do you have a website that you would like to share? I will be pleased to do that.

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4 thoughts on “Bunga apa? (Name of the flower?)

    garden malaysia

    (July 29, 2005 - 9:25 pm)

    its called ‘kerak nasi’ or kesidang


    (July 30, 2005 - 12:47 am)


    I know this as bunga kerak nasi… my mom just found it a few months back after searching for almost 20 years…. it smells like a cross between pandan and jasmine… u want the plant cutting? i posted a picture of the flower from my garden here http://www.flickr.com/photos/athenerafie/17549854/in/set-412358/


    (July 30, 2005 - 12:50 pm)

    Hi Athene
    I went to your flickr. Wow, so many nice pics there and your photo of the kesidang is so beautiful! Wish I can plant some but I am staying in an apartment. Thanks for the offer.


    (July 31, 2005 - 12:54 am)

    tq tq… aiyoh… bikin shy saja lor… currently my garden is officially neglected!… surprisingly, my cactus have been growing like crazy, strange huh…

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