Herald's Trumpet
In 1984, Higashiyama Botanical Garden took over this plant from Fukuoka Botanical Garden and was growing for 20 years but it did not bloom.  So it was replaced in the ground, and 5 years later, in 2009, it finally bloomed.
This is a climbing plant and can grow about 15 meters in length.  It has a sweet scent and is full of nectar.  It has a Chinese name, Seimeika (meaning pure and cheerful flower), which is neat and clean.  It is said that this plant grows in a limited number of botanical gardens in Japan.  A lily-like white flower which is 10 cm in diameter blooms in a circular way, and the center of the flower changes its color sequentially from light green to light orange.  Five stamens project from inside tha flower tube, and an arrow-shaped anther attaches to the filaments as if getting stuck and agglutinate each other.  However, 5 anthers cover the pistl as if putting a lid on and stick togeter, that is apparently against cross pollination.
Classification Apocynaceae Beaumontia
Scientific name Beaumontia grandiflora
Japanese name Obana-kazura
English name Herald's Trumpet
Native locality The northern part of India
Ecological description Evergreen woody climbing plant
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Planting place Sun Gallery
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