Parmentiera cereifera

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Parmentiera cereifera Seem.
  • Common Name : Candle Tree
  • Plant Family : Bignoniaceae
  • Plant Form : Tree
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Parmentiera cereifera Plant :

  • Habit : A small tree.
  • Leaves : Trifoliate with the main petiole slightly winged, leaflets elliptic, acute.
  • Inflorescence : Solitary
  • Flowers :
    • Flowers on old wood (cauliflorous), dull white-pink in colour.
    • Calyx bell-shaped, spathaceous and splits on one side.
    • Corolla large, campanulate, broad tubular below, with 5, spreading waving lobes.
    • Stamens 4, didynamous, included, anthers, divergent.
    • Ovary sessile, 2-celled, ovules many, style long, stigma bilobed.
  • Fruit : Capsules long, cylindric, indehiscent, white and pendulous and remains hanging on the tree for a long time.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : April - June
  • Significance : Generally grown as an ornamental plant due to its flowers and unusual appearance.