Common Name Coral Jasmine
Botanical Name Nyctanthes arbor-tristis
Local Name
Native/Non Native Native
Origin India
Location at Holy Family Church At the entrance and in graveyard

(These photographs are authentic captures from the Holy Family Church campus, portraying the scenic splendour of the place.)

Native of India, Coral Jasmine grows up to 10 m high.

The flowers are white, similar to Jasmine, but with bright orange corolla tubes, therefore the English name Coral Jasmine. The sweet scented flowers bloom profusely, opening at night and drop off in the morning, thus making a carpet of flowers in the morning.

The large attractive leaves are rough and hairy.

It grows wild in North, Central and Western India on hill slopes and rocky grounds. It can thrive in moderate shade.

The tree is considered sacred and dedicated to Lord Krishna.

The bright orange corolla tube contains a colouring matter known as Nyctanthin, which when boiled produces an orange colour that was used to dye silken cloth. Occasionally, the leaves are used to polish ivory and wooden items. The leaves are used for the treatment of varicose veins.

IMPORTANT: The information on this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference books. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Readers should always consult their physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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