Chimonanthus praecox (L.) Link, Enum. Hort. Berol. Alt. 2: 66 1822. (syn: Beureria praecox (L.) Kuntze; Butneria praecox (L.) C.K. Schneid.; Calycanthus praecox L.; Calycanthus suaveolens Salisb.; Chimonanthus baokanensis D.M. Chen & Z.L. Dai .; Chimonanthus caespitosus T.B.Chao, Z.X.Chen & Z.Q.Li; Chimonanthus fragrans (Loisel.) Lindl. .; Chimonanthus grandiflorus (Lindl.) Steud.; Chimonanthus luteus (G.Don) Biel.; Chimonanthus parviflorus Raf.; Chimonanthus praecox var. concolor Makino …….; Chimonanthus verus Biel.; Chimonanthus yunnanensis W.W.Sm.; Meratia fragrans Loisel.; Meratia praecox (L.) Rehder & E.H.Wilson; Meratia praecox var. grandiflora (Lindl.) Rehder & E.H.Wilson; Meratia yunnanensis (W.W.Sm.) Hu);
C. & S. China (as per WCSP);
Chimonanthus praecox, also known as wintersweet or Japanese allspice, is a species of flowering plant in the genus Chimonanthus of the family Calycanthaceae, native to China. The plant is known as rōbai (蜡梅?) in Japanese and làméi in Chinese.
It is a vigorous deciduous shrub growing to 4 m (13 ft) tall with an erect trunk and leaves 5–29 cm (2–11 in) long and 2–12 cm (1–5 in) broad. Its strongly scented pendent flowers, produced in winter (between November and March in UK,) on bare stems, have 15-21 yellow or pale green-yellow, tepals, the inner ones usually with purplish red pigments.
This plant is cultivated in gardens, producing valued flower colour in the dormant season. The varieties C. praecox ‘Grandiflorus’ and C. praecox ‘Luteus’ have gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit.
The plant is unrelated to allspice (Jamaica pepper), and not only is it not edible, but its seeds contains a toxic alkaloid called calycanthine. However, an oil prepared from the flowers is used in traditional Chinese medicine.
(from Wikipedia on 18.11.15)
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Kindly find attached photographs of Wintersweet, Japanese allspice
Botanical name: Chimonanthus praecox
Chimonanthus praecox AT NOV 2016/11 : 8 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (2)
It is very sweet smelling small tree.
Thanks for sharing … I had collected this plant in Kashmir in early seventies, but unfortunately at that time with film cameras, costly colour film rolls, you could not afford to click every plant. Perhaps this list of Exotic Trees and Shrubs we had published should be helpful.
Attachments (1) – 1983-Exotic Trees and Shrubs of Kashmir.PDF
Thank you, Sir. I had also posted it earlier on efi and FoI, but this time, photographs are much better, so again thought of sharing.
Tender Fruits For ID : Srinagar : 08JUN16 : AK-5 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Seen at the Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden in Srinagar on 24th April,16.
Seems like Rosaceae Species.
Very eager to know the id.
One of my long pending posts.
Today, I came across … post on Chimonanthus praecox and on searching further, these fruits look close to me.
Please let me have your feedback.
Yes it is