Common names: Arbor-Tritis, Night Jasmine, Lover's Tree, Tree of Sadness
Chinese name: 夜花茉莉 (ye hua mo li meaning night jasmine)
Parijat/Parijata (Hindi), Pavazhamalli (Tamil), Sephalika (Sanskrit), Siuli (Bengali)
Coral Jasmine (Philippines), Salikaa (Indo-China), Karanikaa (Thailand), Lai Tau (Vietnam)
The highly scented flowers open only after sundown and fall off to the ground before sunrise the next morning. The fragrance is honey-sweet and intoxicating. The plant has medicinal properties and essential oils are extracted from the flowers. The flowers are sacred to Hindus and Buddhist and used as prayer offerings in temples and homes. Stories abound in Indian mythology about this flower. It is regarded as one of the 5 wish granting tree from heaven.