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Common name

English: Crape Jasmine, Pinwheel Flower

German: Schmetterlingsgardenie

Mandarin: 狗牙花 (gou ya hua)


Kingdom: Plantae (2616)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2519)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2128)

      Order: Gentianales (111)

        Family: Apocynaceae (36)(family description)

          Genus: Tabernaemontana (3)

            Epithet: divaricata (L.) R. Br. ex Roemer & J.A. Schultes (1)

Synonyms: Ervatamia coronaria (Jacq.) Stapf, Ervatamia cumingiana (A.DC.) Markgr., Ervatamia divaricata (L.) Burkill, Ervatamia flabelliformis Tsiang, Ervatamia recurva (Roxb.) Lace, Ervatamia siamensis (Wiarb. ex Pitard) Kerr, Jasminum zeylanicum Burm.fil., Kopsia cochinchinensis Kuntze, Nerium coronarium Jacq., Nerium divaricatum L., Nyctanthes acuminata Burm.fil., Reichardia grandiflora Dennst., Reichardia jasminoides Dennst., Taberna discolor (Sw.) Miers, Tabernaemontana citrifolia Lunan, Tabernaemontana coronaria (Jacq.) Willd., Tabernaemontana discolor Sw.

acuminata => long pointed

citrifolia => having leaves similar to the genus Citrus

cochinchinensis => from Cochinchina (old name for various southern regions of Vietnam)

coronaria => crown-like

coronarium => from lat. corona for crown, garlanding

discolor => of different or changing colours

divaricata => straggly, sprawling, or spreading

grandiflora => with flowers larger than the normal

jasminoides => like jasmine

recurva => recurved, curved backwards

siamensis => of Siam

zeylanicum => from Sri Lanka (Ceylon)


Climate: tropical

Habit: shrub

Flower colour: white

External links

Check for Tabernaemontana divaricata at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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