5 Seeds Rothmannia capensis wild gardenia
Description This evergreen tree grows up to 10 m tall in woodlands but reaches 20 m in forest, with a dense, roundish crown. The bark on younger branches is smooth and grey-brown, but darker grey on older stems and branches and rough or cracked like crocodile skin. The glossy green leaves are often crowded towards the ends of the branches and have little bumps or pockets (domatia) in the axils of the veins.
FruitThe beautiful bell-shaped flowers are borne singly in summer from December to February. They are creamy white with purplish red streaks and speckles inside the flower tube. They have a strong sweet scent, which lingers even after they dry, and are about 80 mm long. They are followed by round, hard, green, 70 mm fruits, with a leathery skin marked with faint grooves. The fruits soften when ripe and turn brown. They contain many flat seeds embedded in pulp.