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Gardenia sootepensis


Gardenia sootepensis

Family Name: Rubiaceae
Common Name: Golden Gardenia, 大黄栀子


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Tree (Small (6m-15m))
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Thailand
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Gardenia sootepensis is a tree, growing to 7-10 m tall and often with gelatinous secretions. 
Foliage Leaves are thinly leathery (turns papery when dried), oval to elliptical (7-29 × 3-16 cm). The upper surface is smooth to hairy while the underside is densely hairy. Stipules are cap-like (0.5 - 1 cm) and covered in flattened soft hairs. Petiole is 0.6 - 1.2 cm and hairy.
Flowers Flowers are tubular (50 – 70 mm long) and can occurs solitary or in clusters. Each flower have 5 cream white petals which turn yellow as it age. Calyx is hairy. 
Fruit Berry is hard, elliptical (2.5 - 5.5 cm long and 1.5 - 3.5 cm wide) with 5 or 6 faint ridges and hairs on the fruit surface. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Fragrant
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Hairy / Hirsute

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Cream / Off-White, Yellow / Golden

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Texture(s) Smooth, Hairy / Hirsute

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Master ID 29107
Species ID 3419
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Species record last updated on: 22 February 2022.