Botanical Name: Cananga odorata. Plant Part: Flower. Extraction Method: Steam. Origin: France. Ylang ylang oil is extracted from Cananga odorata and is a tall tropical tree about 20 metres (60 feet) high with large, tender, fragrant pink, mauve or yellow flowers. The yellow heads are viewed as being the best in terms of quality. The oil is pale yellow to golden and has a sweet, exotic, floral scent. For external use only.