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Friday, March 30, 2012

The many faces of Wrightia religiosa - Part 2


In my previous post here, you have seen how Wrightia religiosa (wild water plum, water jasmine), a native plant of Malaysia and Thailand, has been lovingly and painstakingly sculptured into many styles of beautiful bonsai. Now, in this post I'm going to show you another side of our wondrous water jasmine.


As a medium-sized bonsai about 2 ft tall

“The many faces of Wrightia religiosa - Part 2”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ on March 29th, 2012

3 - My bonsai

As a miniature bonsai less than 1 ft tall


As a normal tree plant on the ground on a big planter box at the Secret Garden of 1-Utama. 
Wrightia religiosa by nature is a small, fast growing tree that can grow to about 10ft (3m) tall. 
When planted on the ground, it can function as a bush, border plant or hedge.
It can be planted in a container as a shrub or bonsai.

The fruits are long, bean-like seed pods that resemble a pair of horns. 
When ripe, the pods will split open to release the air-borne, cottony-white seeds.

The leaves are small and oval shaped. This plant in the above picture has variegated leaves.

6 - My double flower melati growing in a medium sized flower pot.

The flowers are very fragrant. This is a double flower variety.


A close-up of the double flower.

The single flower variety.

A cluster of flower buds. Each cluster has about 2 to 13 buds. 

Now, I'm sure you'd agree with me that it does look like dazzling pieces of dangling earrings. 
It's common name in Malay is Anting Putri meaning Princess Earrings.

This is my entry for:
1. Fertilizer Friday hosted by Glenda at Tootsie Time, link here.
2. Todays' Flowers TF#188, link here.


  1. I love the smell of this delicately scented plant.

  2. I love looking at flowers. It gives me a sense of serenity.

  3. Muy bien describes lo que ves y nos llevas a ese sitio donde podemos observar y casi oler,las bellas flores de Wrightia.


    1. Chomp, Thank you very much for the adding some Spanish spice to my blog!

      Here's the translation of your comment:

      Very well describe what you see and take us to that place where we can see and almost smell the beautiful flowers of Wrightia.

  4. I would love to smell the scent! Maybe i haven't seen that yet especially those long pods, I don't remember seeing it even in garden shows. I wonder why! I love the variegated one the most.

    1. Andrea, I first come to know this plant from bonsai exhibitions. I was curious about this Wrightia religiosa, so popular as a bonsai here. Then I began to notice that many people are planting it as a shrub/tree. So many times, I didn't notice this plant near the entrance to the Secret Garden. But when it bloomed, its fragrance was powerful and mesmerizing. As for the variegated version, double flowers and horn-shaped fruits, it's amazing, right?

  5. I had recently visited the Bonsai & Orchid show and they had this plant as a bonsai and it was in full bloom.
    And wow - the fragrance was truly heavenly - the pot was literally filled with fallen spend flowers and more in buds on the tree.

  6. What a pretty plant!!! I'd love to smell it too!!!
    Once again I am just loving the tour of all the gardens that have linked in to my little party! I am so excited to visit each and every post...they are all so inspiring and I am NEVER disappointed! The creative gardens and colorful displays that I am lucky to see are inspirations that I would never have found had I not found each of the gardeners I see online! Thank you so much for sharing your garden with my Friday Flaunt this week...I do hope you will link in again soon!
    This post is being shared on my Tootsie Time Facebook page too just so you are aware.
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  7. It's a wonderful plant Autumn Belle. Not to mention its gorgeous scent!

  8. I have never seen this in person. It is so fun getting to "Visit" Malaysia with you and see everything...the Autumn Belle is beautiful :)

  9. I love the fruit pods. Especially when they burst and let out the fluffy seeds.

  10. Lovely flower. I like them so much. I seldom see them now. DO they grow from seeds?

    1. Malar, this plant can be propagated by stem or root cuttings and from seeds.

  11. cool - I bet the fragrance is amazing!

  12. Absolutely beautiful, Autumn Belle! I can't even imagine the joy of being able to grow such lovely, lush plants year-round. Thanks for your informative posts!

  13. Wow! I wouldn't mind having such pretty earrings... scented too. :)

  14. Hi there. I'm a hobbyist photographer and I came upon your blog when I googled 'Secret Garden 1Utama'. I suggest you take up photography as your hobby, with Flora as your genre. :))


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