Botanical name: Aganosma heynei Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Echites heynei, Aganosma caryophyllata, Echites blumei
Native to India, Malati is a big, woody climber which bears masses of fragrant, white, jasmine like flowers. The name comes from the Greek echis (viper), referrring to the plant's toxicity and twining nature. It posesses rich green oval leaves which are oppositely arranged on the stem. In bloom it carries clusters of small five-petalled white flowers, which possess a spicy aroma. The white petals are pointed and twisted.
The flower labeled Malati is ...