Tabernaemontana pachysiphon (Giant Pinwheel Flower)

Tabernaemontana pachysiphonTabernaemontana pachysiphon, Aka Conopharyngia angolensis (Stapf) Stapf, Conopharyngia cumminsii Stapf, Conopharyngia holstii (K.Schum) Stapf, Conopharyngia pachysiphon (Stapf), Sarcopharyngia angolensis (Stapf) L.Allorge, Tabernaemontana angolensis Stapf, Tabernaemontana holstii K.Schum, Voacanga dichotoma K.Schum, is a shrub and small tree native to Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia, and is in bloom at the Fairchild Botanical gardens in Miami. 

Tabernaemontana pachysiphonTabernaemontana pachysiphon grows as a shrub or small tree up to 15 metres (49 ft) tall, with a trunk diameter of up to 40 centimetres (16 in). Its fragrant flowers feature white to pale yellow corolla lobes. When I saw it I knew it was from the Apocynaceae family of Frangipani. It smells just as fragrant.

Genus Tabernaemontana is named after Jakob Theodor von Bergzaben (1520 – 1590) (Latinised surname Tabernaemontanus meaning “tavern in the mountain”), who was a German herbalist. “Pachysiphon” is related to Greek “pakhys” “thick, large, massive,” and “siphon” is Latin sipho (genitive siphonis) “a siphon,” from Greek siphon “pipe, tube for drawing wine from a cask,” of unknown origin.



25 thoughts on “Tabernaemontana pachysiphon (Giant Pinwheel Flower)

  1. Happy Sunday Maria 🙂

    ‘Latinised surname Tabernaemontanus meaning “tavern in the mountain” – captivating is a name when inspired by sense of how she grew: unfurled by Loves high draft her flower arose a star.

    She is exquisite. Thank you Maria 🙂

    DN – 26/02/2017


  2. As soon as I saw the photo, I thought, “I want one!” Of course, I can’t even grow frangiapani because I have too much shade — I get lots of foliage and no blooms. But this is truly gorgeous, and if it has the scent of fragiapani (which is often called plumeria here) it would be wonderful to experience.


      • Plumeria do very well here, although ground-planted ones need to be carefully sited, so they can be protected in winter. But otherwise? They do very well, and most of the garden centers offer workshops, plant sales, and so on. I had some pink, some red, and some white/yellow combinations, but I finally gave them to someone with a house and a protected courtyard.

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  3. La flor es como un molinillo de pétalos, extraordinariamente bella. te felicito por la perfección de las fotos, especialmente de la primera, por su estructura y por ser blanca conlleva dificultades añadidas.
    Muchas gracias por dárnosla a conocer.
    Una abrazo.


  4. OMG! What a beauty! This must be a Miss Universe of blooms! I’m so happy I got to see this, even if it is in a picture. At least it is one of your loving photos!


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