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Taxon: Tabernaemontana divaricata (L.) R. Br. ex Roem. & Schult.

Genus: Tabernaemontana
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Rauvolfioideae
Tribe: Tabernaemontaneae
Nomen number: 315194
Place of publication: Syst. veg. 4:427. 1819
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 23-Jan-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 2 (1 active, 1 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Autonyms (not in current use), synonyms and invalid designations:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym, I invalid designation)

Common names:

  • Adam's-apple  (Source: Zander Ency) - English
  • broadleaf rose bay  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • butterfly-gardenia  (Source: Trop Flow Pl) - English
  • Ceylon-jessamine  (Source: Trop Flow Pl) - English
  • crape-gardenia  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • crape-jasmine  (Source: Zander Ency) - English
  • crepe-jessamine  (Source: Trop Flow Pl) - English
  • East Indian rose bay  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • flowers-of-love  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • pinwheel-flower  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • fleur d'amour  (Source: Trop Flow Pl) - French
  • gou ya hua  (Source: F ChinaEng) - Transcribed Chinese

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental
  • Medicines:
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (as Ervatamia coronaria)

Distributional Range:


    • CHINA: China [Yunnan Sheng (s.)]

    • INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India (n. & e.), Nepal
    • INDO-CHINA: Laos (n.w.), Myanmar, Thailand (n.)

    Cultivated (cult. in tropics)


  1. Dassanayake, M. D. & F. R. Fosberg, eds. 1980-. A revised handbook to the flora of Ceylon. Note: = Ervatamia divaricata
  2. Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen
  3. Grierson, A. J. C. & D. J. Long. 1984-. Flora of Bhutan including a record of plants from Sikkim.
  4. Hara, H. et al. 1978-1982. An enumeration of the flowering plants of Nepal.
  5. Leeuwenberg, A. J. M. 1991. A revision of Tabernaemontana. I. The Old World species. 1:153. Note: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  6. Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third.
  7. Llamas, K. A. 2003. Tropical flowering plants: a guide to identification and cultivation
  8. Nicolson, D. H. et al. 1988. An interpretation of Van Rheede's Hortus Malabaricus. Regnum Veg. 119:58.
  9. Smith, A. C. 1979-1991. Flora vitiensis nova. Note: = Ervatamia coronaria (Jacq.) Stapf
  10. Smitinand, T. & K. Larsen, eds. 1970-. Flora of Thailand.
  11. Steenis, C. G. G. J. van, ed. 1948-. Flora malesiana.
  12. Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. 1994-. Flora of China (English edition).

Check other web resources for Tabernaemontana divaricata (L.) R. Br. ex Roem. & Schult. :

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=315194. Accessed 3 June 2020.