Classifications and Characteristics
|Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
|Plant Growth Form
|Southern China to Northern Vietnam, Taiwan
|Local Conservation Status
Description and Ethnobotany
|It is a small tree or shrub, up to 4 m tall.
|Leaves are leathery, elliptic (7 – 28 cm long and 2 – 9 cm wide), glossy green with long leaf tip. Leaf margin is mildly wavy and curved slightly downwards (revolute). There are 8 – 10 pairs of lateral veins present on the leaf. Petiole is 0.5 – 1 cm long and stipular scar can be found on petiole.
|Flowers are round (about 4 cm diameter), white and fragrant. Each flower comprises of 3 outer tepals and 6 inner tepals in two whorls, enveloping stamens and ovary within.
|Edible Plant Parts : Edible Flowers
Others: Essential oil can be extracted from the flowers for perfumery. Flowers are also used to make tea.
|Desirable Plant Features
|Ornamental Flowers, Fragrant
Plant Care and Propagation
|Semi-Shade, Full Sun
|Plant Growth Rate
|Dry Soils / Drought
|Mature Foliage Colour(s)
|Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio
|3.0 (Tree - Intermediate Canopy)
|The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.