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Department of Botany

Since 1980

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



   Botanical NameTabernaemontana divaricata(L.) R. Br. ex Roem. & Schult
   SynonymsErvatamia divaricata (L.) Burkill; Jasminum zeylanicum Burm. f.
   Common NameEnglish: Crape Jasmine / Tamil: Nandhiyavattai, Adukkunandhiyavattai
   DistributionGlobal: Native to Southeast Asia and China. Ornamental in Tropical countries.
Indian: Throughout India
   DescriptionEvergreen shrub grows up to 2m height. Stem woody, dichotomously branched and milky sap present. Leave simple, opposite decussate, glossy, elliptic, lanceolate and dark green. Flower pentamerous, white, complete, bisexual, hypogynous and actinomorphic, sepals 5 green, petals 5 tubular, spreading at apex, 5 lobed. Stamens 5, epipetalous, inserted at neck of the corolla tube. Gynoecium bicarpellary, apocarpous, style long. Fruit inconspicuous a follicle
   Flowering Fruiting periodThroughout the year
   UsesOrnamental in garden. Wood used as incense and perfume.
   Medicinal UsesMedicinally important plant, root used to treat hypertension, headaches,scabies, and toothaches. Entire plant used for snake and scorpion bite.
   Tamil NameNandhiyavattai