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A white flower and glossy leaves of a Gardenia taitensis
gardenia taitensis
Gardenia taitensis

A fragrant shrub native to the South Pacific. The plant holds cultural significance as it is the national flower of both the Cook Islands and French Polynesia, including the Polynesian island country of Tahiti, where its aromatic blossoms are utilized to concoct a perfumed coconut oil used for cosmetic purposes. Photographed in Florida.

A white Gardenia taitensis flower with seven pedals and a white stigma

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