Gardenia scabrella Puttock
Puttock, C.F. (1984) Austrobaileya 2(3): 443. Type: COOK DISTRICT: c. 5 km S of Portland Roads, 28 February 1980, Clarkson 2939 (holo: BRI; iso: K, NSW, PERTH, QRS, UNSW).
Usually grows into a small tree not exceeding 30 cm dbh but often flowers and fruits as a shrub.
Cotyledons about 8-9 x 7 mm, petioles about 1-1.5 mm long. First pair of leaves about 10-11 x 5-6 mm, apex acute, base cuneate, margin serrate, petiole hairy, about 0.5-1 mm long. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade obovate, margin smooth but densely ciliate-denticulate with the hairs being tough and scabrous, rough to touch, bases tuberculate. Both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf blade densely clothed in tubercle-based, scabrous, short hairs. Stipules 3-4 mm long, clothed in whitish hairs. Stem densely clothed in spreading, short, stiff hairs. Seed germination time 140 days.
This shrub has now been introduced to horticulture in the tropics. A rather dense rounded shrub with showy white flowers.