Gamble's Crape Jasmine
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Gamble's Crape Jasmine
P Native Photo: C. Rajasekar
Common name: Gamble's Crape Jasmine
Botanical name: Tabernaemontana gamblei    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Ervatamia caudata

Gamble's Crape Jasmine is a near-threatened shrub, up to 5 m tall. It is named for 20th century English botanist James Sykes Gamble. Latex is milky white. Leaves are simple, opposite, pairs unequal, decussate; leaf-stalk 1 cm long with a short clasping sheath at base. Leaf-blade is 6.5-12 x 2.4- 4.5 cm, elliptic or elliptic-lanceshaped, tip with a tail-tapering, acumen to 2 cm long, base pointed, hairless, pale beneath; midrib raised above; secondary nerves 7-9 pairs, tertiary nerves netveined. Flowers are bisexual, borne at branch-ends, in corymb-like cymes. Flowers are white, flower-stalks stout, 1 cm long; sepals ovate, blunt; flower tube to 1.7 cm long, cylindrical; petals 1.5 cm long, oblong, blunt. Seed-pods are 4 x 1 cm, not curved; aril red. Gamble's Crape Jasmine is endemic to Southern Western Ghats.

Identification credit: C. Rajasekar Photographed in Kalakkad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.

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