Swaziland's Flora Database:
Gardenia volkensii K.Schum. subsp. volkensii var. volkensii
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Tree
Found within protected areas
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Gardenia spatulifolia - (Siqoba) Large shrub or small tree, hairless throughout, stems rigid. Leaves in threes with up to three axillary branches, occasionally tapering and becoming spiny. Leaf-blade broadly oval or round, narrowing to base, blunt, sometimes notched at end, up to c 3 cm diam. Flowers solitary, mostly at end of lateral short shoots, scented; stalk c 5 mm long. Calyx narrow funnel-shaped, c 1 cm long, often with more than five short pointed lobes; corolla white, fading yellow, tube cylindrical, up to 10 cm long, usually shorter; lobes up to eight, oval narrowing to base, c 3 cm long x 2 cm wide, sometimes with few hairs. Fruit woody, oval, blunt at both ends, with rough surface, usually having prominent ridges.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.