Monday, October 16, 2006

Wrightia antidysenterica

Family: Apocynaceae
Common name: Winter Cherry Tree, Arctic Snow,
Pudpitchaya, Sweet Indrajao
Origin: Sri Lanka
I was drawn to a few of these flowering bushes thinking that the flowers were some kind of jasmine. On closer inspection, I found them to be quite unique. Normally, I am not very attracted to white flowers preferring those that are red or purple. However through sheer numbers, the presence of these small flowers won my attention. I read that this plant possesses medicinal properties and the bark and leaves are used to treat various ailments.

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