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Common Name: Madagascar Jasmine, Waxflower, Bridal Wreath
Botanical Name: Stephanotis floribunda (ste-fan-O-tis flo-ri-BUN-da)
Decorative Life: 3-5 days at most.
Post Harvest Care
- Keep in moist environment. Flowers can be hydrated by floating them on water or hydration solution. Various wiring and/or cotton holding devices are available to assist florists in using and maintaining the flowers where the cotton is moistened for use as a source of water.
- Member of the Asclepiadaceae (milkweed family).
- Native to Madagascar.
- Relatives include milkweed, Gonolobus, Hoya and Oxypetalum.
- Flowers tubular flaring to star-shaped, waxy, in clusters of about 8 at stem ends.
- Stems woody, climbing growth habit, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
- Flower fragrance is very sweet.
Availability: Year-round, peak in summer, autumn.
Flower Color: Pure white to ivory.
Storage Specifics: Claimed to be chill sensitive and therefore should be stored no lower than 42F, flowers packed in airtight bags or boxes under high humidity, up to one week.
- From the Greek "stephanos" (crown) and "otos" (ear), the name for myrtle which was used to make crowns.
- The specific epithet name "floribunda" means many flowers.
- Flowers are used individually without stems in corsages, boutonnieres and wedding designs.
- The fragrance emission release is circadian in nature, namely, about 7 times per day fragrance emission increases and then decreases. However, this pattern becomes less noticeable once they are harvested.