Botanical name: Gardenia resinifera Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Gardenia lucida
Brilliant Gardenia is a small, unarmed tree, up to 3 m tall. It exudes gum from the buds. Leaves have very short stalks. They are oblong or oval or obovate, obtuse or with a short blunt point, hairless, hard, shining, with simple parallel nerves. White fragrant flowers occur singly in leaf axils. They have a long tube, glabrous, striated, flaring into 5 obovate-oblong petals, a little shorter than the tube. Drupe is oblong, nut very hard, thick and bony. Flowering: March-April.
Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
The flower labeled Brilliant Gardenia is ...