|Etymology||Genus||After William Wright, a 19th century Scottish physician and botanist|
|Species||Of religious significance: Thai Buddhists cultivated it at their temples|
|Synonyms||Echites religiosus Teijsm. & Binn.|
|Common Names||Water Jasmine, Wild Water Plum, Common Wrightia, Scared Buddha|
|Form||Shrub or small tree|
|Native Distribution||Thailand, Cambodia, and Peninsular Malaysia|
The Water Jasmine can grow up to 5m naturally (Middleton, 2007). However, its dwarfed appearance is more well-known in tropical bonsai, where it is probably one of the most popular species being used. The fruits are paired and elongated, which splits to reveal a row of seeds with fluffy white hairs.
Middleton (2007) indicated that the native distribution of Wrightia religiosa (indicated above) is obscured because of its wide-spread cultivation around the region.
A normal shrubby form.
A Water Jasmine bonsai.
Oppositely arranged elliptic leaves
The pendulous flowers.
Unripe paired fruits.
A Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker collecting the fluffy seeds in its mouth.