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Request Tree ID 0006: In lalbagh, looks similar to ‘crape jasmine’ Tabernaemontana Divaricata

NO this is not TAGAR… a very popular bush with white flowers in Calcutta gardens and streets, and almost all over the world , gardeners love it in warm climates or for green houses,    Tabernaemontana Divaricata does not have such large prominent green calyx as in your picture….
This is reminiscent of some wrightia, they often have white flowers and prominent green calyx..

For me looks like Gardenia sp. of family Rubiaceae (coffee family)

I looked in wiki for gardenia, nothing matches the flower I have.
I did talk the guys in the lalbagh registrar office, who said they will put a name plate.

It look like some Tabernaemontana species (or may be hybrid) in Family Apocynaceae.. It definately dont look like any Gardenia sp. or Family Rubiaceae..

Come to think of it….
I have seen this flower and plant.. short shrub in the gardens of a Jain temple in Bihar, a few years ago…. in APril, was quite hot by then…flower fragrant when it opens and stays fragrant for a couple of hours in the am…. did not have a camera with me… but the intrigue has stayed with me… mostly for the semblance to tagar but not quite tagar…
the slightly undulating edges of the leaves and its size etc … and the green corollla more prominent than
Tabernamontana divaricata …makes me think it might be one of the Stemmadenia as in Stemmadenia litoralis

efi thread
Is it Vocanga africana ?

In the photographs it is not very clear, but if interpetiolar stipules are there then undoubtedly it is a Rubiaceae member. Otherwise possibility of Wrightia/ Holarrhena (Apocynaceae) can not be ruled out.

In the first picture there is one lone flower on the bottom left side of the photograph which looks very much like Tabernaemontana Divaricata. Has this flower fallen there? The other flowers definitely do not look like Tabernaemontana Divaricata.

It looks like Pootia grandiflora

The leaf arrangement and branching looks like a Rubiaceae shrub or treelet.

It is Vocanga africana, I confirmed with the Lalbagh curators

Here are the fruits

Voacanga africana : Opened Fruit : Lalbagh,Bangalore : AK-24 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1). Sharing a picture of the Akan Tree fruit from Lalbagh.

Picture taken in Nov,13.

Tree for ID – 110614 – RK : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).

Lalbagh, Bangalore – 11/05/2014. Request ID.

May be Ervatamia heyneana. Need more conformation.

efi page on Tabernaemontana alternifolia (syn: Ervatamia heyneana (Wall.) T.Cooke)

Thank you for helping out with ID … This has been identified as Voacanga africana on Indian Flora.


Voacanga africana : 2 posts by 1 author.
Please ID the tree photographed at Lalbagh on 9th August 2018.

Voacanga africana, Stapf. <=> Akan Tree

the fruit in this case is indeed similar to Raman’s pictures of  Voacanga africana


Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Voacanga
Species: V. africana

thanks … i found additional picture of the fruit in this utube video about Voacanga africana

seems similar to this case here , so do the leaves.
now Mahadeswara ji has to confirm if his tree is what Raman has in this second 

Thanks … I will check the flowers during my next visit to Lalbagh.  By the by … when is the flowering season of this tree?


Images of Tabernaemontana pachysiphon in FoPI, are of Voacanga africana as per images and details herein.

I have already noted this for correction. Thank you very much.