Guettarda speciosa L., Sp. Pl. 991 1753. (Syn: Cadamba jasminiflora Sonn.; Gardenia speciosa (L.) Roxb. ex Wight & Arn. [Illegitimate]; Guettarda hirsuta Sarg. [Illegitimate]; Guettarda speciosa var. glabrata DC.; Guettarda speciosa var. tahitensis (Nadeaud) Drake; Guettarda tahitensis Nadeaud; Jasminum hirsutum (L.) Willd.; Matthiola speciosa (L.) Kuntze; Mogorium hirsutum (L.) Poir.; Nyctanthes hirsuta L.);
Kenya to S. Africa, Tropical & Subtropical Asia to Pacific: Aldabra, Andaman Is., Bangladesh, Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo, Cambodia, Caroline Is., Chagos Archipelago, China Southeast, Christmas I., Cocos (Keeling) Is., Comoros, Cook Is., Fiji, Gilbert Is., Hainan, India, Jawa, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Laccadive Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Line Is., Madagascar, Malaya, Maldives, Maluku, Marianas, Marquesas, Marshall Is., Mozambique, Mozambique Channel I, Nansei-shoto, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Nicobar Is., Niue, Northern Territory, Philippines, Phoenix Is., Pitcairn Is., Queensland, Samoa, Seychelles, Society Is., Solomon Is., South China Sea, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tokelau-Manihiki, Tonga, Tuamotu, Tubuai Is., Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis-Futuna Is., Western Australia as per POWO;
Paneer Tree, beach gardenia, zebra wood;
Guettarda speciosa, colloquially called beach gardenia, or zebra wood, is a species of shrub in the family Rubiaceae found in coastal habitats in tropical areas around the Pacific Ocean, including the coastline of central and northern Queensland and Northern Territory in Australia, and Pacific Islands, including Micronesia, French Polynesia and Fiji, Malaysia and Indonesia and the east coast of Africa.
Please identify this sapling 1 : Attachments (3). 16 posts by 11 authors.
Bought at a local nursery in Bombay. The proprietor of the nursery assured me that it was the sapling of a native tree.
when I see the flower, the bud and the leaves it reminds me of a shrub called Mogara (Marathi name). I don’t know if Mogara is a Tree or a shrub?
Mogra is Jasminum sambac, a small shrub.
I think Jasminum sambac has more darker and glabrous leaves!!
Just a curiosity …, could you tell me the phyllotaxy of the sampling? Are there any interpetiolar stipules?
Thanks for your responses. …, will check and let you know about your queries.
Another hint from the nursery owner – it is a small tree found in South India where it is called the ‘Paneer Tree’ because its fruit is soft like paneer.
Also, did not observe the flowers having any particular aroma.
The leaves of the plant say it is not mogra. May be I am wrong.
This seems more to be Rubiaceae member rather than Jasminum.
This could be a dwarf form of Guettarda speciosa, called as ‘Panneer maram’ in Tamil.
Thanks … The nursery owner has promised to check and let me know. Will keep you informed
Could you tell us more about this species. Have you seen this plant in the wild? The link that you have sent us all, where is that picture from?
The leaves actually dont resamble to that of Jasmine!!
It is reported to be widely distributed in the tropical coasts of E. Africa to Malesia, Micronesia & S.Pacific. Reports say that this is common in the coastal regions of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. However, I have seen this only in gardens (in the Presidency College garden and in a house garden in Coimbatore). It is said to be planted in Lal Bagh botanic garden, Bangalore too. I haven’t heard of its occurrence in wild in India.
I vaguely remember that the flowers are strongly fragrant.
You can find more details and pictures in the net (i sourced the pic from the 2nd link):
Have identified it with … help. It is Guettarda speciosa.
Guettarda speciosa : Attachments (3). 1 post by 1 author.
Had posted these photographs previously. They look like the photographs of Guettarda speciosa seen facing page 30 in Dr.Almeida’s ‘Flora of Maharashtra’ Vol 3A.
It is endemic to India & Singapore.
My thanks to … for their inputs.
Details of Indian lavender:
It is called Panner pushpam in tamil and is quite common in many planted gardens od Tamil nadu, some botanical garden perhaps. I remember seeing this in TNAU and a lot of other places
As … said, the local name in Tamil is Panneer maram, Panneer poo
150713 ASP 109 : Attachments (1). 4 posts by 2 authors.
Please ID this small tree. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in April 2012.
It is Guettarda speciosa of Rubiaceae
Guettarda speciosa : Attachments (1). 4 posts by 4 authors.
Guettarda speciosa L. — Lakshadweep Flora- PKA4 : 3 posts by 3 authors.
I had seen this Tree at Thinnakara Island in Lakshadweep.
Common name: Beach Gardenia, Zebra wood..
Bot. name: Guettarda speciosa L.
Habitat: Wild (seen in the forest cover near the beach)
White coloured flowers has very soothing and pleasant fragrance.
Nice pictures. They remind me of very similar ones posted by me Posoqueria fragrantissima.
Beautiful and something different. Is it endemic to Lakshadweep?
I think Guettarda speciosa (family: Rubiaceae).
Please validate id of this plant details of which are as follows:
Location :Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu
Altitude :500 ft
Height :few ft
Leaves :large opposite
Fruits :not seen
Local name : Used in Tiruchendur famous shore temple of Lord Murugan for Prasadam (Ilai Vibuthi)
I was searching this plant’s ID as the leaf used in Tiruchendur temple. Thanks a lot for the information
I had seen this tree (Guettarda speciosa) at Lakshadweep. It was seen growing wild..
231017BHAR3- White color fragrant flower tree : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
Panneer in Tamil.
Near Varadharaja perumal koil. Kanchipuram
The fruit looks close to that of Posoqueria fragrantissima of Rubiaceae.
I can’t find any pictures on searching with Posoqueria fragrantissima.
But similar flowers under Gardenia taitensis DC, Tahitian Gardenia.
May be my earlier id is wrong, need to correct.
Kindly check the link
Probably Guettarda speciosa is the correct name. Experts kindly comment.
… had posted similar flowers from Andaman I think. But with a different name. Can’t find the post.
Yes it is Guettarda speciosa L., the fruit is perfectly of gutterda
Guettarda speciosa : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)- 1 mb each.
Bought this sapling from Auroville Botanical Garden.
Flowering in Summer.
Swamy/New series/ID/32 – ID of the tree: 5 images.
I am attaching herewith the photos of the tree photographed a decade back in Chennai. For me the ID is Guettarda speciosa. Please confirm or suggest new ID.
Yes, appears close to images at