Gardenia taitensis

COMMON NAME

Tahitian gardenia or Tiaré flower

TYPE

​Shrub

FAMILY

Rubiaceae

NOTES

Evergreen shrub or small, gnarled tree that can grow up to 6 metres tall.  The plant is harvested from the wild as a medicine and source of wood. It is a widely grown ornamental in the tropics that is also used as a hedge and is cultivated in the Pacific for its aromatic flowers, which are used to scent coconut oil and as garlands and leis.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

South Pacific

NATIVE HABITAT

Woodlands and thickets, often near the coast.  Sea cliffs and rocky islets, almost always on limestone

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

tropical.theferns.info



Gardenia taitensis