Common name: Henna Tree, Egyptian Privet
Malay name: Inai
Scientific name: Lawsonia inermis
Conservation Status: Cultivated, Native to Malaysia
A shrub or small tree that reaches 2-6 m in height. Stem is slender and much-branched. Old branches can be spiny. It bears small, white, fragrant, clustered flowers. Fruits are round and brown in colour.
Habit: Perennial shrub or tree
Cultivation: It is planted by seeds, cuttings or air-layering
Ecological function: The fruits of this plant are eaten by birds. It is used as a hedge plant. It provides shade. It is used for erosion control.
Soil: Sandy soils. It tolerates clay and stony soils.
Moisture: Fertile, well-drained or dry soil. Mature plants are drought-tolerant.
Shade: No shade
Use in crafting: The leaves of this plant are used to colour fingernails and to paint or decorate palms of hands and soles of feet. It is also used for hair-dyeing. The fibres of branches and stem bark are used to make baskets.
Other use: The flowers of this plant are used in perfumery. Its wood is used for fuel. This plant is used as an ornamental plant for its fragrant flowers.