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Tabernaemontana pandacaqui Poir.

Family Name: Apocynaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Semi-Shade Moderate Water Bird-Attracting Ornamental Flowers Woody


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Shrub
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Southern China, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand,  Peninsular Malaysia (Kedah),  Borneo (Sabah), Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Papua New Guinea, Northern and Eastern Australia, Micronesia
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Shrub or small tree to 14 m tall 
Foliage Leaves elliptic or obovate, 3 - 14.1cm (-25cm) long by 1 - 6.5cm (-10cm) long wide, papery or slightly so, mid-dark green above, mid rib and lateral veins a lighter shade of green. 
Flowers Flowers white to pale yellow, faintly scented or not. Corolla tube (0.8-) 1.8-2.3cm long; corolla lobes 
Fruits Follicles yellow, orange or red, with distinct longitudinal ridges, 0.9 - 7.1cm long by 0.5 - 3cm wide, slightly reflexed at the apical portion. Seeds with bright red aril. 
Etymology Genus Tabernaemontana is named after Jakob Theodor von Bergzaben (1520 - 1590) (Latinised surname Tabernaemontanus meaning "tavern in the mountain"), who was a German herbalist.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Fruits
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Fertile Loamy Soils, Easy to Grow
Landscape Uses General, Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens
Thematic Landscaping Silver Garden, Bird & Wildlife Garden

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Bird Attracting (Fruits)
Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)
Seed or Spore Dispersal Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White, Yellow / Golden
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) - Angiosperms and Gymnosperms Orange, Red, Yellow / Golden

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Master ID 31986
Species ID 6388
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.