Golden gardenia, or Gardenia carinata, is a member of the coffee family or Rubiaceae.
The native distribution of Gardenia carinata is in parts of southeast Asia, specifically Malaya and Thailand. Unsurprisingly, this is a species of humid tropical environments. It can inhabit lowlands, hills, and forests.
Gardenia carinata can grow as a large spherical shrub or small tree, with a height between 6-15m (18-45 ft.). The sweetly-fragrant flowers are large and resemble a pinwheel during the day (see link in this paragraph). When Gardenia carinata‘s flowers first blossom in spring or summer, they are white. Over the span of a few days, the flowers first turn a pale orange and finally a bright golden orange, which looks quite striking against the green foliage as in today’s photograph. Once they’ve reached this colour, they will soon fall to the ground.