Common name: Crape jasmine, Moonbeam, Carnation of India • Hindi: Chandni चांदनी , Tagar तगर, Tagari तगरी • Kannada: ನಂದಿಬಟ್ಟಲು Nandi
Battalu • Tamil: நந்தியார்வட்டை Nandiar vattai • Gujarati: Sagar • Marathi: Ananta, Tagar
Botanical name: Tabernaemontana divaricata Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Tabernaemontana citrifolia, Tabernaemontana coronaria, Nerium coronarium
Crape jasmine, a shrub very common in India, generally grows to a height of
6 ft. However, it can also grow into a small tree with a thin, crooked stem.
Like many members of the Oleander family, stems exude a milky latex when
broken. The large shiny leaves are deep green and are 6 or more inches in
length and about 2 inches in width. Crape jasmine blooms in spring but flowers
appear sporatically all year. The waxy blossoms are white five-petaled
pinwheels that are borne in small clusters on the stem tips. Flowers are
commonly used in pooja in north and south India.