Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Crape Jasmine (Nandyarvattam)

Here are some nice Crape Jasmine flowers. These white  five petaled flowers are also called 'Pinwheel' flower, see, the petals are arranged like the leaves of a pinwheel. Malayalam name is Nandyarvattam, also known as Nandyavartham.




Flowers throughout the year and it is very charming to see these in large groups, especially during early morning and evening when the light is less, as the white colors become outstanding.


The flowers are used for preparing medicines for eye diseases and irritations. Moreover these are also used for 'poojas' and in temples.


The one below is a slightly different variety, the edges of petals are irregular, and the flowers does not look much like a pinwheel.


The botanical name is Tabernaemontana divaricata (there are various other species also). It is a shrub and grows to 1 -2 meters height. The leaves are dark green in color.
Family : Apocynaceae

Due to some network problems, I was not able to post for a few days, and sorry for not visiting and commenting on other blogs.

20 comments:

  1. really beautiful blooms! love the pinwheel formation!

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  2. Very pretty flowers

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  3. We get to see loads of them here, in Kolkata. Lovely flowers...

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  4. Es sind besonders schöne Blumen...

    Servus und so long
    CL

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  5. "Pinwheel" is so beautiful. I love the flower.

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  6. Beautiful...I like 3rd shot a lot...

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  7. What a beautiful flower! I always enjoy your photos and the information you provide about the flowers - otherwise I would have to spend a lot of time on Google!

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  8. Your captures are so crystal clear that they are pure delight to the eye. And loved the wonderful tidbits about the usage of these flowers. Brilliant photography and a very useful and informative post as well.

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  9. I love it Pinwheel, it is very nice pic.

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  10. These are so common in our locality, never knew so much information about them! Lovely shots, thanks for sharing, Abhinav :)

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  11. Hello,

    what for dynamic flower - very beauty blossom.

    Regards Senna

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  12. I love these flowers, they grow and bloom very well in Bangalore climate.

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  13. Grew up with these white ladies :)

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  14. THIS is an easy variety to grow,the arrangement of petals is really beautiful.

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  15. What a simple beauty these flowers are!!! Lovely clicks :)

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  16. what about the thick nandiyarvattam???

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  17. Thanks for another delightful post!!

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