Sunday, June 7, 2009

Can you help identify these flowers form Olavipe?

This is 'thumpa'; there is a spider on it.

Tropical Medicinal Plants: Thumpa, a vanishing beauty

Periwinkle. See:

Health, Gardening: Periwinkle, a wonder plant


"Nanthyarvattam'. English name? Botanical name?

Locally this is called 'parijatham'. I don't think that is right.
English name? Botanical name?

Photos: Periwinkle by me, rest by Rejo.
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Even if I can't give you the right name , I can admire the flowers. Such nice pictures.

Jothish said...

The first pic is a 'thumba poovu'. This site gives you details of a lot of medicinal plants.

Jothish said...

Botanical name : Tabernaemontana divaricata (Linn.) R.Br. ex Roem & Schultes
Family : Apocynaceae
Nandeevriksha, Khsirika, Ksheeri, Vishnupriya
This is from the site I mentioned before.

Kariyachan said...

The parijatham flower, has a pleasant yet a bit stronger fragrance similar to that of Jasmine.

islandgal246 said...

Third one down is a Pseuderanthemum reticulatum known also as yellow veined eranthemum or a golden pseuderanthemum. Very common in the tropics.

Sunita said...

The 'nanthyarvattam' is called 'crepe jasmine' in English. Its Botanical name is Tabernaemontana divaricata.
The last photo is of a Gardenia jasminoides, if I'm not mistaken. Also known as 'Cape Jasmine'.
They sound very similar, dont they. It must be very confusing when you want to go to a nursery and buy one.

Abraham Tharakan said...

Raji, Jothish, Kariachan, islandgal246, Sunita
Thank you.

meerasworld said...

i asked my mil,and she also thinks the last one is parijatham.i didnt know the name,but i love its fragrance.i thought it was in the same family as nanthyarvattam.

Abraham Tharakan said...

Meera, I still have doubts.

ചേച്ചിപ്പെണ്ണ് said...

I too think that this is paarijatham ..
But In Bindus drisyasekharam blog
another tree is there by this name

Abraham Tharakan said...

ചേച്ചിപ്പെണ്ണ് thank you. But as I said to Meera, I still have doubts.

Hema said...

In Kerala it is called Manoranjitham,not Parijatham.
but actually it is
Gardenia, Cape Jasmine, Gandharaj
(Gardenia jasminoides.
Parijatham is Har Singar, coral tree
or Pavizhamalli in Tamil Nyctanthes
Hema Ganapati

Abraham Tharakan said...

Hema, thank you very much.

Nathan Thayyil said...

The last one is not "Parijatham",it is "Gandha-Rajan". Both this Parijatham and Gandharajan is in my house.

Nathan Thayyil said...

The last one is not "Parijatham", it is "Gandha-rajan". Both these flowers along with all those flowers in the pics were in house.

Nathan Thayyil said...

The last one is not "Parijatham", it is "Gandha-rajan". Both these flowers along with all those flowers in the pics were in house.

KUNNATH said...

The flower GANDHArajan(?) Parijatham(?) is known as "GARDENIA" in English.