This beautiful tree with large leaves and small white flowers is sometimes seen growing on our sandy and rocky shores. It is also planted in coastal parks and other public places. Although it’s botanical name is Guettarda speciosa and its common name is Beach Gardenia, this plant is better known in Paneer Pushpam in India.
The flowers are small white tubular appearing in clusters on long stalks from leaf axils. Corners describe them as “typical moth flowers” being white, with a long corolla tube and fragrant. They open an hour after sunset and fall off the following morning. The tree flowers throughout the year.
Paneer Pushpam is especially while worshiping the Hindu God Vishnu.