Bakul Jasmine (Mali Pikul)
Since around November I started tending my stick of a jasmine with stagnant growth. I was seriously devoted into giving as much tending I can give it. Throughout the Winter, I took it outdoors when it was sunny and brought it back inside every night to grow under T5 fluorescents. Now it has finally bloomed. There was like literally no growth up until last month and I had thought it was going to die before that...
This is quite a gorgeous variety of Jasminum sambac. The flowers are, of course, small like most jasmines but the pointed petals are arranged in a very aesthetically pleasing rosette pattern.
This jasmine is often labeled as Mali Pikul by Thai sellers, but it also goes by the name Mali Tod according to some Thai websites I looked up. Anyways, the word Pikul is the Thai approximization for Bakul, or Mimusops elgengi. I'm sure some of our fellow forum members who grew up in India may be familiar with this flower. The flowers of Mimusops elgengi is said to still retain their fragrance even after they have dried up.
Here's the first day flower.