This is flowering right now in our spring here. Very fragrant. Can some one suggest which viburnum it is, assuming that it is a viburnum.
My eyes could be deceiving me, but it looks more like a Ficus elastica…Though I've never seen one in bloom.
Edit to ask…Can you give some idea of the size of the leaves?
This message was edited Mar 18, 2013 5:33 PM
Definitely not a Ficus. There is a reason why you have never seen a Ficus with visible flowers, and that is that the flowers are tiny and are concealed inside the fig or syconium. In most Figs (except those that are parthenocarpic) the flowers are pollinated by a host specific species of wasp which gains access to the syconium through a small, natural opening called an ostiole. Figs and fig wasps have a very fascinating symbiotic relationship.
Very interesting info, Darwinensis. Never knew. The thing that made me think F.elastica, was simply the shape and possible size of the leaves. Having said that, I'm thinking Rlalique could be on to something here.
Well it is olive family for sure but not sure what it is. Not a viburnum though. It is not osmanthus fragrans.
Well then, I'd say growin had it all along….Ixora coccinea probably. ?
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I don't think it's Ixora; most have four-petaled flowers in terminal clusters. I don't have an idea of what it is yet, sorry.
for some reason it calls to mind Luculia, but I've never seen one like that. Perhaps it is a related plant in the Rubiaceae.
Good call - the flowers do have that "ship's propellor" slight spiral turn typical of Apocynaceae (like Oleander), and Acokanthera is in that family.
If correct, highly toxic.
You're right about the petal count so it's not Ixora. The "oppositifolia" of the OP's plant does kinda show that alternating opposite leaf arrangement. I was just trying to figure out if the bloom itself is right (centre).