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: (2002). Rubiaceae. In: . 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.