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Coleonema album (White Breath of Heaven)

Kingdom: Plantae
unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Rutaceae
Genus: Coleonema
Species: C. album
Binominal name: Coleonema album
Synonyms: Diosma rubra, Diosma juniperina, Diosma alba
Common names: White breath of heaven, Breath of Heaven, Cape May, White confetti bush, White Diosma

Coleonema album is a coastal plant, native to the Western Cape Province of South Africa. It is an erect, much-branched, evergreen, compact, aromatic shrub that grows to a height of about 2 m. Branching occurs from the base of the shrub and new shoots develop at the tips of old branches. 
The sweet-scented aromatic leaves are needle-like to linear-oblong, 12-13.5 mm long and 1.3-1.5 mm broad. Aromatic oil glands are visible on the reverse side of the leaves. 
During July, August, September and October at the branch tips Coleonema album produces masses of small white, 6-7 mm diameter flowers that have a dark green disc at the centre. 
The fruit is 5-lobed and the ripe seeds are ejected by a catapult mechanism. Regeneration takes place from seed.

 

The new shoots developing at the tips of old branches. 




The small white, 6-7 mm diameter flowers




The needle-like  aromatic leaves.


The aromatic oil glands are visable on the underside of the leaves.
  

The fine branches.of this shrub.


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