Stephanotis floribunda Brongn. - syn. Stephanotis jasminoides Schltr.; Marsdenia floribunda (Brongn.) - Apocynaceae
Madagascar jasmine, waxflower, Kranzschlinge
Native vine of Madagascar. „Growing to 6m (20 ft) or more, it is an evergreen woody climber with glossy, leathery oval leaves and clusters of pure white, waxy, intensely fragrant tubular flowers.“ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephanotis_floribunda
Diurnal changes of volatiles collected from the headspace of S.floribunda flowers show methyl benzoate (30-80% of total volatiles) and 1-nitro-2-phenylethane (5-45%) are emitted in the night and linalool (up to 15%) mainly during the day. The highly sensitive 2,6-dimethyl-3(E),5(Z),7-octatriene-2-ol and its 5(E) isomer (natural ratio 1:10, sweet floral odor) are present in the headspace of the flowers (evening 2-4%, day 0.1-0.3%).
[Rhythms of fragrance emission in flowers., Matile P., Altenburger R., Planta, 174, 1988, 242-247]
[Trapping, Investigation and Reconstitution of Flower Scents, Roman Kaiser, in: Müller, P.M., and Lamparsky, D. eds. Perfumes: Art, Science and Technology. Springer Science & Business Media, Dordrecht 1994, 213-250]
„Stephanotis floribunda (Asclepediaceae), a plant that grows in Madagascar and is now a common house plant, emits a number of volatiles from its flowers. Its floral scent has been noted to increase in intensity during the night. At this time prominent scent compounds include benzyl alcohol, benzyl acetate, benzyl benzoate, eugenol, α-farnesene, linalool, linalool oxide, methyl benzoate (MBA), methyl salicylate (MSA), β-ocimene, phenylethyl alcohol, and 1-nitro-2-phenylethane.“
[Evening specific oscillations of scent emission, SAMT enzyme activity, and SAMT mRNA in flowers of Stephanotis floribunda. Pott, Marcella B., Eran Pichersky, and Birgit Piechulla. Journal of Plant Physiology Vol.159 (8), 2002, 925-934]
The flowery-spicy, cinnamon-like smelling 2-nitroethylbenzene (1-nitro-2-phenylethane) was found in the headspace trappings of Stephanotis floribunda at 27%.
[Meaningful Scents around the World, Roman Kaiser, Zürich 2006, 141]
Loiseleur-Deslongchamps, J.L.A., Herbier général de l’amateur. Deuxième Série, vol.2 t.24 (1839-50)
Stephanotis flowers, CC BY-SA 3.0, Author: Andreas Kraska