Tabernaemontana divaricata

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Tabernaemontana divaricata
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Asterids
Order:Gentianales
Family:Apocynaceae
Subfamily:Rauvolfioideae
Genus:Tabernaemontana
Species:T. divaricata
Binomial name
Tabernaemontana divaricata
R.Br. ex Roem. & Schult.
Synonyms[1]
 
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Tabernaemontana divaricata
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Asterids
Order:Gentianales
Family:Apocynaceae
Subfamily:Rauvolfioideae
Genus:Tabernaemontana
Species:T. divaricata
Binomial name
Tabernaemontana divaricata
R.Br. ex Roem. & Schult.
Synonyms[1]

Tabernaemontana divaricata, commonly called pinwheel flower,[2] is an evergreen plant. Its stem releases a milky latex when broken, which is why it is called milky flower (দুধফুল) in Bangladesh.[citation needed]

Type and color[edit]

Two forms are cultivated, one type has a single blossom and the other has a clustered blossom. Both types have a white flower.

Description[edit]

The plant generally grows to a height of 5 to 6 ft. The large shiny leaves are deep green and about 6 inches in length and 2 inches in width. The waxy blossoms are found in small clusters on the stem tips. These blossoms have white five-petaled pinwheels.

The plant blooms in spring but flowers appear sporadically all year. The single blossom does not have any fragrance, but the cluster of blossoms has a beautiful smell.[citation needed]

Medicinal Use[edit]

The root and bulb taste bitter. These are used as Ayurvedic medicine to treat Ascariasis and Scabies[citation needed]. Young stems are also good for teeth.[citation needed]

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