A colleague of mine brought some blossoms into the office from his garden. Beautiful fragrant passion flowers. Their smell filled the room all day. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me and anyways for now cameras cannot capture aromas!
The flowers gave rise to a discussion about flower names in English and Oriya. Passion flowers, Passiflora caerulea, is known as “rada tamara”.
The flowers one sees at weddings are “rajanigandha”, Polianthus tuberosas, trying to find the common English name for this I found this great website about the flowers of India. Also I loved the comments on this essential oils website - “its fragrance can enhance the fantasy factor and give yield wonderful bedtime!” Bon rêve tout le monde!
So for any aspiring botanists coming to India please consult www.flowersofindia.com