Gummy Gardenia   
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Gummy Gardenia
ative Photo: Kiran Srivastava
Common name: Gummy gardenia, Cambi gum tree, देकामाली Dekamali (Hindi), Kad Bikke (Kannada), Sirukkambil (Tamil), Cittamali (Telugu), Dikamalli (Gujarati), Kambimaram (Malayalam), Nadihingu (Sanskrit), Dikemali (Marathi)
Botanical name: Gardenia gummifera    Family: Rubiaceae (coffee family)

Native to India, Gummy gardenia is a small tree which grows up to 3 meters. Gardenia is a genus of about 250 species of flowering plants. They are evergreen shrubs and small trees growing to 1-15 m tall. The leaves are opposite or in whorls of three or four, 5-50 cm long and 3-25 cm broad, dark green and glossy with a leathery texture. The flowers are solitary or in small clusters, white or pale yellow, with a tubular-based corolla with 5-12 lobes ('petals') from 5-12 cm diameter.
Medicinal uses: This species can be helpful in treating digestive problems, including dyspepsia and diarrhea; or used as an astringent and expectorant for nervous conditions and spasms.
Photographed in Maharashtra.
Identification credit: V. Ashwini • Is this flower misidentified? If yes,