Stephanotis

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Stephanotis
Stephanotis floribunda3L. Marie.jpg
Stephanotis floribunda
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Stephanotis
Thouars, 1802
Species

S. acuminata Brongn.
S. floribunda Brongn.
S. grandiflora Decne.
S. isaura Decne.
S. japonica Makino
S. longiflora
S. lutchuensis Koidz.
S. nana P.T. Li
S. parviflora Ridl.
S. thouarsii Brongn.
S. vincaeflora
S. yunnanensis H. Lév.

Stephanotis is a genus of flowering plants. The name derives from the Greek stephanōtís (feminine adj.) fit for a crown, derivative of stéphanos (masculine) crown. It contains 5-15 species of evergreen, woody-stemmed climbers from tropical woodland in Africa. They are grown for their strongly perfumed, waxy, tubular, usually white flowers. Leaves are opposite, ovate to elliptic, and leathery. Stephanotis is a beautiful but difficult plant - it hates sudden changes in temperature, needs constant cool conditions in winter and is attractive to scale and mealy bug. The stems of Stephanotis can reach 10 ft or more, but it is usually sold twined around a wire hoop. The heavily-scented waxy flowers appear in summer.

The best known species is Stephanotis floribunda (Madagascar jasmine), which is cultivated as a tropical or hothouse ornamental, and whose flowers are a popular element in wedding bouquets.

The Stephanotis has grown in popularity over the past few years along with some of the other spring flowering vines. It is known by a few different names such as “Madagascar jasmine” and “bridal veil”.

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