Gardenia definitions

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Any of various tropical shrubs and trees of the genus Gardenia, especially G. jasminoides, native to China, having glossy evergreen leaves and large, fragrant, usually white flowers.
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The flower of any of these plants.
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Any of a genus (Gardenia) of chiefly subtropical Old World plants of the madder family, with glossy leaves and highly fragrant, white or yellow, waxy flowers.
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Any of various tropical evergreen small trees or shrubs, of the genus Gardenia, having glossy leaves and white flowers.
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The flower of these plants.
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A taxonomic genus within the tribe Gardenieae — the gardenias.
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Origin of gardenia

Named by botanist Job Bicknell Ellis (1829-1905) after Scottish physician and botanist, living in South Carolina, Alexander Garden (1730-1791).