Other names: Kannada: Sampige • Tamil: Champa Sambagan
Botanical name: Michelia champaca
It is a large evergreen tree with a long straight bole of 18-21 m with a close tapering crown composed of ascending branches.
The most interesting part of the tree is its golden yellow flowers which have an extremely heady fragrance. This fragrance has made Champa flowers very popular and they have been part of the culture in India from time immemorial. On a warm humid night, the scents can easily be enjoyed several hundred feet away. Champa flowers are used to make the world's most expensive perfume 'Joy' in America.
They are used in religious offerings in various parts of India.