Atractocarpus merikin (F.M.Bailey) Puttock
Puttock, C.F. (1999) Australian Systematic Botany 12: 292.
Gardenia, Mountain; Merikin; Gardenia; Mountain Gardenia
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-3 m tall, occasionally grows to a height of 5 m.
Stipules about 4-8 mm long, +/- encircling the twigs, stipules drawn out into a tip at the apex, mainly glabrous except for a line of hairs along the midrib on the outer surface. Leaf blades about 14-18 x 4.5-6 cm, petioles very short or nil. Lateral veins about 8-12, forming loops inside the blade margin.
Cotyledons cordate or orbicular, about 10-11 mm diam. First pair of leaves opposite. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade spathulate, +/- sessile, hairs on the outer surface at least along the midrib. Lateral veins forming loops inside the blade margin. Stipules interpetiolar, about 7 mm long, +/- encircling the twigs. Seed germination time 23 to 98 days.
This shrub has very good horticultural potential being easy to cultivate and produces large, white, highly perfumed flowers.