|Evergreen small trees or shrubs, from 7-13 feet tall, with smooth branches. Leaves are dark green, smooth and leathery above, smooth and pale green below. The small, greenish-white flowers are especially fragrant at night, lasting one day only. The unopened flowers apparently look like coconuts. Also grown as a houseplant. Native to open slopes of Guangdong Province in China. It is also known as M. pumila, and has caused much botanical confusion, being placed in different genus' by some authors. Introduced into England in 1786 by Lady Amelia Hume. Not hardy enough for widespread cultivation. Prefer rich, moist soil and partial shade.