Gnidia pinifolia L.

Family: Thymelaeaceae

Genus: Gnidia

Category: Perennial


Fragrant white flowers in summer. Linear foliage.

From Bot. Repos. It is a hardy greenhouse plant, but is propagated with difficulty by cuttings; growing to the height of eighteen inches, being most exquisitely scented by night, continuing in flower at least three months, and thriving bed in a light peat soil.

From Bot. Reg. The bloom is of a pure white, with little scent during the day, but sweet by night. We have never seen a plant of it more than a foot high. The foliage reminds us of that of some of the firs, and is much more numerous and close in the spontaneous specimens we have seen, than in the garden ones.


Native to South Africa.

First published in Sp. Pl. 1: 358 in 1753.

Also published in Bot. Repos. 1: 52 in 1799 and in Bot. Reg. 1: 19 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. A native of the Cape of Good Hope, cultivated in the Chelsea physic-garden, by Philip Miller, in 1768.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Gnidia radiata L. 1767 - synonym


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