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Pakistan | Family List | Apocynaceae | Ervatamia

Ervatamia coronaria (Jacq.) Stapf, Fl. Trop. Africa. 4(1):127. 1904. Woodson & Schery, l.c. 70.

English: Moon beam, Wax flower.

Vern.: Chandni.


  • Nerium coronarium Jacq.
  • Tabernaemontana coronaria Wild.

    Shrub upto 1 m Branches divaricate, milky latex present. Young shoots green, lenticellate. Leaves opposite, 7-15 x 2.5-6 cm ± elliptic, acuminate or caudate, cuneate at the base, petiole 5-7 mm long, 6-8 pairs of lateral nerves. Inflorescence 1-few flowered cymes, axillary or terminal, peduncle c.5 cm long. Flowers 2.5-5 cm across, white; pedicel 1-1.5 cm long, bract minute or absent. Calyx lobes broad, ovate, acute c. 4 mm long. Corolla tube c. 2-2.5 cm, dialated in the middle, lobes obliquely ovate 2.5-3.75 cm long, double in cultivated form. Ovary glabrous; ovules numerous; style filiform; stigma papillose. Follicles 2.5-4x1 cm, sessile, glabrous, 1-3 ribbed, orange or bright red inside, curved to form a beak. Seeds 3-6, oblong or irregular in shape, striated.

    Fl. Per.: May-October.

    Type: Described on cultivated material.

    Distribution: Native of India, wide spread in the Tropics and warmer regions of the world. Cultivated in Pakistan for its jasmine-like usually double flowers.

    This species is sometimes called Tabernaemontana divaricata (L.) R. Br. or Ervatamia divaricata (L). Burke, but these names are apparently incorrect.


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