Sage rose, or bunga pukul delapan in Indonesian, is a smal shrub native to West-Indies. This plant can be found at 10-250 m above sea level. Its flowers are produced daily, each lasting just for few hours. Flower open in the morning, at about 8 o’clock, and are closed by noon, at about 12 o’clock. That is why in Indonesian this plant is commonly called as bunga pukul delapan or flower eight o’clock. This plant can be used as an ornamental plant as well as a medicinal plant.
Binomial/Scientific name: Turnera ulmifolia L.
Synonyms: Turnera subulata J.E.Smith.
English name(s): W. Indian holly, sage rose, holly rose
Indonesian name(s): bunga pukul delapan, lidah kucing (Javanese)
Height: 60-90 cm
Leaf arrangement: opposite/sub opposite
Leaf shape: ovate
Leaf margin: serrate
Leaf venation: pinnate
Leaf blade length: 2-7 cm
Leaf blade width: 1-4 cm
Leaf color: green
Flower characteristic: year-round flowering
Fruit characteristic: inconspicuous and not showy
Sun exposure: full sun, or partial shade
Propagation Methods: from seed
Photos had been taken by mobile phone sony ericsson k800i.
Photos of yellow flower of Turnera ulmifolia (update).
Yellow Turnera ulmifolia flower and white rose periwinkle flower
Dalimartha, Setiawan, Atlas Tumbuhan Obat Indonesia, Jilid 3 (Jakarta: Pustaka Bunda, 2008)