Telosma cordata

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    Telosma cordata @ Kyoto Botanical Garden

Basic information

Flower Name
Telosma cordata
Formal Name
Telosma cordata
Tonkin jasmine
Southern China
Evergreen vines and shrubs


What is Telosma cordata

Telosma cordata, Tonkin jasmine, Tonkinese creeper, Tonkin flower or Night-fragrant flower (scientific name: Telosma cordata) is an evergreen vines and shrub belonging to the southern China and belonging to the family Apocynaceae. Leaves are single membranous, membrane quality, cardiac in shape and are attached to each other in pairs. The crown of high cup type has 5 tears at its tip. Five petals, five stamens, and one stamen coalesce. Extend the umbrella-like divergent inflorescence from the axilla and bloom 15 to 30 rings bloom. Flowers are pale yellowish green at the beginning of bloom, but they change to yellow with the passage of time. Flowers perfume for a couple of weeks. The fragrance becomes strong especially at midnight. Useful plants, flowers are used for vegetables, desserts, bouquets, garlands, medicinal products, fruits for food, vines for ropes, wood for building materials, leaves for medicinal purposes. There are ingredients that are toxic to pigs on the stem. It has been said that the hit song of Li Xianglan (Japanese name:Yumaguchi Yoshiko) has "Night incense" and the flower is Polianthes tuberosa, however now it is said to be this Telosma cordata.

Generic name: Telosma cordata, scientific name: Telosma cordata, aka: Tonkin jasmine, Tonkin jasmine, Tonkinese creeper, Tonkin flower, Night-fragrant flower, Night incense, Tonkin kazura, habitat distribution: hillside middle, living type: evergreen shrub shrub, vine length: 2-5 m, leaf shape: cardiac shape, leaf pattern: vegetation, petiole: 1.2 - Leaf height: 6 to 12 cm, leaf width: 4 to 8 cm, inflorescence form: umbrella-like divergent inflorescences, where flowers emerge: axilla, flower color: light yellowish green → yellow, flower aroma Yes, Flower Diameter: 1.5 cm, Flower Crown: High Thread Form, Flowering Method: 15 to 30 Bundles of Wheels, Flowering Period: May to October, Fruit Color: Green, Fruiting Period: June to August.

Detailed information

T. cordata
Flower language
Noble mind ()
Flower type
Actinomorphic Flower
Flower array
Petal shape
High cup
Leaf type
Leaf edge
Entire Fringe
Flowering place
Botanic garden
Green, Cream
200 ~ 500 [cm]
1.5 ~ 1.5

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