Bouvardia Salisb.

Commemorating Charles Bouvard (1572–1658), Physician to Louis XIII and Superintendent of the royal gardens in Paris.

Shrubs or herbs. Leaves opposite or in whorls; stipules subulate. Flowers in terminal cymes, showy and generally sweetly fragrant. Calyx lobes 4, persistent. Corolla tubular or flat-topped with 4 lobes. Stamens 4, attached to the floral tube. Ovary 2-chambered, each chamber with many ovules. Fruit a loculicidal capsule containing winged seeds.

Grown for the delicate, sweetly scented flowers.

Root and softwood cuttings.

Highly scented flowers; fruits containing winged seeds.

OPCAA collection is held by John and Greg Neill of 'Australian Roses', Silvan, Vic.

20 species from tropical America.

Blackwell (1968), Stephenson (1992).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Rubiaceae. 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       Rubiaceae
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