Tabernaemontana pandacaqui ( Banana bush / Windmill bush ) – Tube stock

$15.00

This species has horticultural potential as it produces large numbers of showy white flowers and rather colourful fruits.

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Description

Stem
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub 1-2 m tall.

Leaves
Twigs and petioles produce a milky exudateStipules small and inconspicuous, wedged between the petiole and the twig.
Both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf blades usually glabrous.
Leaf blades about 4-11 x 1.5-4.5 cm, petioles about 0.5-1.5 cm long.
Lateral veins about 6-12 on each side of the midrib, curving but not forming loops inside the blade margin.
Twig lenticels usually numerous and obvious, light brown and +/- circular.

Flowers
Pedicels about 6-10 mm long. Pedicel and flower parts produce a milky exudate when cut.
Calyx lobes glabrous, about 1.5-3.2 mm long with 3-4 small glands on the inner surface near the base.
Corolla tube about 9-17 mm long, lobes about 5-15 mm long with flounced margins.
Pollen white. Stamens attached above the middle of the corolla tube.
Styles fused just below the hairy stigma which is retuse at the apexStigma papillose.

Fruit
Fruits produce a milky exudate when cut or damaged.
Fruiting carpels about 20-38 x 15 mm, usually paired, +/- boat-shaped and attached by their sterns opening upwards.
Seeds about 4-6 x 3 mm. Aril pink to crimson.
Testa marked by longitudinal grooves or furrows which intrude into the endosperm on one side of the seed.
Embryo about 2.5-3 mm long. Cotyledons much wider than the radicle. Radicle twice as long as the cotyledons.

Seedlings
Cotyledons ovateorbicular to elliptic, about 11-21 x 10-18 mm, apex acute or obtuse, base cuneate.
First pair of leaves ovate, about 4 x 1.5 cm, glabrous, margins smooth.
All seedling parts produce a milky exudate. Stem lenticels pale. Seed germination time 113 to 327 days.

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