A Milkwood Pinwheel Flower: Tabernaemontana divaricata, Botanical Gardens, Singapore

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    More evocative perhaps is the beautiful German word: Schmetterlingsgardenie (= Butterfly Gardenia), but this wonderful white flower goes by many other names as well. Complicated Latin ones: Ervatimia coronaria, Tabernaemontana coronaria, Nerium coronarium and divaricatum; and nicely lighthearted ones such as Pinwheel Jasmine, Flower of Love and - probably translated from the Latin incorrectly - Nero's Crown. The species was given its Latin name by Charles Plumier (1646-1704) for the so-called "father of German botany", Jacobus Theodorus Tabernaemontanus (1522-1590), whose "Kreuterbuch" was highly important to early-modern botanists.
    Whatever its name, this pretty blossom is a member of the Milkwood family; in other words, it bleeds white sap when its leaves or twigs are broken. This combined with the name 'Flower of Love' reminds of the great Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas (1914-1953).
    His marvellously realist and yet up-beat radioplay "Under Milk Wood" describes the people of a town LLareggub - let's not go into philological detail here for propriety's sake! - in their dreams at night. Someone has written that here 'eccentricity is tolerated, sin is forgiven, love is nurtured - or at least dreamt about and possible'. Ancient Mary Ann Sailors, one of the characters in the play, knows that her town is 'a God-built garden... Heaven on earth'. And looking out of her bedroom window she exclaims softly: 'It is Spring in Llareggyb in the sun of my old age, and this is the Chosen Land'.
    A Chosen Land, that is how the Singapore Botanical Gardens might be described. And this Tabernaemontanum in all its purity strikes a note of optimism.
    This particular shrub was in Singapore, but the plant is found throughout southern climes of Asia, and has also become a World Citizen.

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    1. ♥Rose_khansg♥ 72 months ago | reply

      Wow..very nice...

    2. Tricia.Bunny 70 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Botanical Artistry & Landscapes, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    3. sibtainn 69 months ago | reply

      this is cool.. colours are fantastic..

    4. Acidic Adis 69 months ago | reply

      Wow, I like it! The flower looks unique. Looks like one of those thing kids hold, and it spins while the wind blows.

    5. Neya photography - every portrait is a journey 68 months ago | reply

      SO BEAUTIFUL!
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    6. Tony Fernando 68 months ago | reply

      A wonderful composition !!!

    7. ***Yuna*** 67 months ago | reply

      Wow! What a beautiful flower!
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    8. khelzy 67 months ago | reply

      that's a very beautiful flowers..
      nice pictures you have..
      btw, you can find roses for delivery at 88DB

    9. Gabriella Carta (Italy) 64 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called LA NATURA VISTA DAL NOSTRO OBIETTIVO**SOLO FIORI** ONLY FLOWERS*, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    11. lucia bianchi 64 months ago | reply

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    12. lucia bianchi 64 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Gallery of Flowers "effe", and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. ayem36 63 months ago | reply

      So beautiful capture!

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      Please consider posting this into our group...
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