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Description: I was most fortunate indeed to still find a bit of seed on this evergreen aromatic shrub with leathery leaves to 15cm long, which can form a tree to 8m tall after a lifetime. As it was December in 2006 by the time we arrived in the forests of Fansipan the highest mountain in northern Vietnam. Lucky indeed as this species with lightly scented white flowers to 5cm or more across on long extending peduncles is bound to be very popular. Only one seedling was the result of our gathering, hence the time it has taken us to build a stock to offer. Easily grown in a fertile humus enriched soil with good drainage, in good light without being too hot or light shade. I would not be surprised if this turns out to be a new species as the flowers and peduncles are larger than any described in this area.
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