Tabernaemontana divaricata

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  • Botanical Name : Tabernaemontana divaricata (L.) R.Br. ex Roem. & Schult.
  • Synonyms : Ervatamia divaricata (L) Burkill
  • Common Name : Crape Jasmine, Moonbeam, Carnation of India, Chandni, Tagar
  • Plant Family : Apocynaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1-30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Sarita Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Infocity, Aranya Van

About Tabernaemontana divaricata Plant :

  • Habit : A small shrub with milky juice.
  • Leaves : Opposite, lanceolate or elliptic-oblong, acuminate, cuneate at base, darkgreen.
  • Flowers :
    • Snow white, fragrant at night, solitary or few-flowered cymes in axils or terminal, often double. Calyx lobes 5, imbricate, campanulate.
    • Corolla salver-shaped, tube dilated below the top, lobes 5, ovate overlapping to the left.
    • Stamens 5, included in the dilated portion of the tube, filaments short, anthers linear.
    • Disk 0. Carpels 2, distinct, style long, stigma obovoid, ovules many.
  • Fruit : Follicles 2, green outside, orange-red within, seeds many.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : July - September
  • Significance :
    • Commonly cultivated everywhere in gardens for its beautiful white flowers and used by malis for garland.
    • The wood is burnt as an incense and used in perfumery.