Tabernaemontana L.

Commemorating Jakob Theodor von Bergzabern (d. 1590), who latinised his surname as Tabernaemontanus,from Berg-Zabern, the place of his birth.

Shrubs or small trees, evergreen; latex white. Stems woody, without spines. Leaves opposite, stalked; blade well developed; colleters absent at base. Inflorescence axillary, cymose. Flowers scented, stalked. Corolla salver-shaped; tube cylindrical; lobes convolute in bud, overlapping to the left. Corolline corona absent. Stamens enclosed, attached near top of tube, not sticking to style head. Disk absent. Fruit of separate carpels, a pair of follicles, dehiscent along adaxial suture. Seeds 1 to many, oblong, not winged, without hair tufts, generally with a red aril.

Two species are commonly cultivated, although there is considerable potential for others.


Cuttings or seeds.

Fruit a pair of orange or orange-red separate follicles, seeds with red arils.

About 110 species in Africa, Madagascar, Asia, Malesia, Melanesia and Australia (2 species).

Leeuwenberg (1991), Forster (1992b, 1996a).

Source: Forster, P. (2002). Apocynaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Gentianales
family       Apocynaceae
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