The Jampee tree is small to medium-sized (15-14 feet high). It can be cultivated as a garden plant. The flowers are long and narrow, white in color, and strongly fragrant. They are used as religious offerings or in garlands. The sweet, pungent, alluring fragrance makes them an ideal ingredient for perfumes. A single blossom or a packet can be bought from street sellers or at a flower market. Young Thai women can often be seen carrying a blossom in their hand to sniff while strolling, sitting with friends, or wearing as a temporary string necklace. Its botanical name is Magnoliaceae Michelia Alba DC.
|Jampee flowers (ดอกจำปี) are usually sold in flower markets wrapped in banana leaves (ใบตอง) as seen in this picture .|
|Sometimes Jampee flowers are used to make U-ba (อุบะ), the lowest part of a garland (พวงมาลัย).|
|Very similar to Jampee is Jampa. The difference is its color. Jampee flower is off-white while Jampa flower (ดอกจำปา) is bright yellow. Thus, the name of this color Leuang-Jampa (สีเหลืองจำปา).|
Lesson 15 | Vocabulary15 |