Wild Gardenia

wildekatjiepiering The fragrant, exquisite Wild gardenia, Rothmannia capensis (wildekatjiepiering, which translates as wildcat-saucer) has the miaowsical ability to make you feel happy! Or confused, if you are a kitty trying to lap up that creamy milk. Then you’d have a sick cat.  My cats have never tried to ingest the toxic flowers.

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It also makes an attractive seed pod.(Thanks, Mom!)

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Rothmannia capensis Thunb. Date 1803 Source Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, vol. 18: t. 690 (1803) [as Gardenia rothmannia L.f.] Author Sydenham Edwards (1768-1819) via Wikipedia, PD

 

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