Scientific name: Gardenia augusta (L.) Merr.

English name: Cape Jasmine, Gardenia

Bangla/local name: ‘Gondhoraj’

Taxonomic Position According to Cronquist (1981)

Kingdom        : Plantae

Division          :Magnoliophyta

Class               :Magnoliopsida

Order              : Gentianales

Family             :Rubiaceae

Genus             : Gardenia

Species            : G. augusta




Botanical Description of Gardenia

Habit: perennial shrub, about 2 m tall.

Root: Tap root system, branched

Leaves: Decussate or whorl, stipulate

Flower: Complete, hermaphrodite, actinomorphic

Calyx: linear-lanceolate

Corolla: white

Stamen: 5

Ovary: one celled

Fruit: crowned with persistent calyx, berry

Chromosome number: 2n=22

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