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Tabernaemontana elegans flowers leaves

Tabernaemontana elegans

Taxonomy:

Family APOCYNACEAE
Genus Tabernaemontana
Specie elegans
SA Plant Number 644
Basionym Tabernaemontana elegans

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Description:

Tabernaemontana elegans is a hardy, deciduous, upright small tree has beautiful, large, shiny, dark green leaves and a lovely rounded shape.

The clusters of beautiful white flowers are sweetly scented and borne from October to February and attract bees to the garden.

These are followed by interesting, large paired fruits with raised, corky dots like the skin of a toad, hence the common name. 

These lovely fruits split to reveal seeds covered with bright orange pulp. The fruits are edible.

The thick, brown corky bark protects the tree from fire. An ideal tree for a container or small garden, planted in sun or semi-shade. Used medicinally.

Size 3 to 5m

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Distribution:

Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal

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