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China Flower

Adenandra villosa


"This evergreen, short, bushy shrub grows to a height of 100-450 mm. With its compact growth habit, showy flowers and aromatic foliage, it is an ideal garden or pot plant. Single flower. Solitary, large white flowers, 10-30 mm across, are borne on a slender, reddish branch. The flower has five rounded white petals, the glistening white resembling porcelain, with a suffusion of red along the veins. The underside of the petal is flushed pink and the sepals are leaf-like, glabrous or hairy and rolled. The flowering buds are red before they open and flowers decorate the shrub from mid-winter to spring (July to October). Flowers are mildly fragrant. New stems are lightly hairy. Each anther is tipped with a tiny, curiously sticky gland. Staminodes are, erect or slightly incurved, 2.5-4.4 mm long, and like the stamens are hairy. The stamens are peculiar, each carrying a conspicuous red terminal knob or gland. Small, oblong, light green leaves are densely to rather sparsely arranged on branches. The leaves are smooth above with revolute margins (rolling back), are 0.5-1 mm long, sometimes with a recurved apex, and are aromatic, with 10-60 inconspicuous glandular dots (oil glands). The mature seed capsule is enclosed by a large, leaf-like, green calyx segment." Source :


Adenandra uniflora occurs on the sandstone slopes of the southwestern Cape mountains from the Cape Peninsula to the Kleinrivier Mountains.

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Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Sep 7, 2013
Submitted on Jun 4, 2014

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