Luculia Sweet

From Lukuli Swa, Nepalese vernacular name for Luculia gratissima.

Shrubs and small trees. Leaves opposite; stipules on stems between the leaves. Flower clusters terminal. Flowers white to pink, fragrant. Calyx lobes 5, unequal, shed. Corolla platter-like with 5 lobes. Stamens 5, attached to the mouth of the flower. Ovary 2-chambered. Fruit a 2-valved woody capsule containing winged seeds.

Grown for the exquisitely fragrant heads of flowers in winter.

Softwood cuttings, occasionally seed.

Distinctive stipules on stems between the leaves (interpetiolar); flowers in large, fragrant pink or white clusters; capsules containing numerous winged seeds.

5 species from the Himalaya and SW China.

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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species         Luculia gratissima (Wallich) Sweet