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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Today's Flowers: Crepe Jasmine (Tabernaemontana divaricata)


Crepe jasmine is a beautifully shaped evergreen shrub which forms symmetrical 6 ft (2 m) high mounds of glossy foliage. The many branches tend to grow almost parallel to the ground giving the shrub an attractive horizontal aspect (the species name, divaricata, means "at an obtuse angle"). Like many members of the Apocynaceae family, the stems of crepe jasmine exude a milky latex when broken. The large shiny leaves are deep green and are 6 or more inches (15 cm) in length and about 2 in (5 cm) in width. Crepe jasmine blooms in spring but flowers may appear sporadically all year. The waxy blossoms are white five-petaled pinwheels that are borne in small clusters on the stem tips. - floridata.com

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8 comments:

  1. What a stunning flower! It looks somewhat like my star jasmine, but your crepe jasmine blossom is much bigger, I think. I love the fragrance. Mine is late in blooming this year because it's been so cold.

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  2. Fantastic photo, your Crepe jasmine is exquisite. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Beautiful flowers! I love the raindrops on them!! And you have done so well capturing the white flowers! I am still learning how to do that (read - failing miserably!)

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  4. beautiful Che, the water drops on the petals made it lovelier. i love jasmine, especially their smell, i have some in front of the house and the smell is really lovely.

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  5. they are simply beautiful Cher! and we learned more about crepe jasmin :)

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  6. The eloquence of nature so beautifully displayed on your photo. This flower is amazing.

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  7. simply Cherrific as always! you have a way of making each and every flower look exquisite, love this one much because again it looks so angelic!

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