Wordless Wednesday – This is not a photo

by Deb on July 28, 2010


It is, in fact, the most amazing scent.  We walk past this bush every day and it is enough to stop you in your tracks and make you breathe deeply to fully enjoy the lovely smell.  I thought I’d share with you – just reach forward and scratch your computer screen.  Isn’t that gorgeous?

I’d love to know what it is if there are any botanists or gardeners out there, here are some closeups:

Even some ideas so I know what to Google would be good, ‘white flowers’ doesn’t get me very far!  Thanks 🙂

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aroidophile July 28, 2010 at 8:44 am

The shrub pictured above looks like a species of Murraya, although not M. paniculata.
Sorry about the vague answer!


aroidophile July 28, 2010 at 8:48 am

BTW, I was distracted and failed to mention Murraya is a member of the citrus family (Rutaceae), which would explain the heady fragrance.. 🙂


Deb July 28, 2010 at 9:13 am

Thanks, that makes sense, I thought the leaves look like citrus.


And Miles To Go.... July 28, 2010 at 10:16 am

looks almost like an immature or small version of a Magnolia. Beautiful though.
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stanley July 28, 2010 at 10:26 am

I miss the smell of flowers after my potted bloom died mysteriously overnight. 😛


Shanna July 28, 2010 at 10:28 am

Looks like Orange Blossom to me. 🙂 YUM!


LadyNoor July 28, 2010 at 11:46 am

I call it orange jasmine, some know it as orange blossom as Shanna said. Aroidophile is right, it is a citrus family as described here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murraya_paniculata

I know nothing about gardening, I just happen to love this plant and it’s fragrance! People usually have this as a natural fence around the house.


Tanya July 29, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Exactly what I was going to say.
Looks like orange jasmin to me – we had it growing from the base of the stairs when we lived in Tumbulgum, and each year, we’d wind it up the stair rails, to make an almost hedge of heady almost headache inducing scent.
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Dawn July 28, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I would have to say that the middle photo (the close-up) is my favorite!! I’m sorry I am no botanist, but I am sure that it smells beautiful and refreshing! Thank you for sharing your photos, and Happy WW!
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Ro July 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm

It’s not a gardenia, is it?
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Carrie July 28, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Love a pretty scented flower! Pretty flower! Happy WW!


amandab July 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I really wanted to be able to scratch my screen and smell it 🙁
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Sarah July 28, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Too bad my computer does not have that scratch and sniff feature.


Deb July 30, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Thanks everyone, the consensus seems to be Murraya paniculata. The leaves are slightly different, but that might be because this is a semi-arid area.

I like my scratch and sniff feature, although sometimes it can be a pain, like cooking sites 😉


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