hop_goblin wrote:What and where is this flower?
refers to Osmanthus fragrans,
a plant of the Olive Family called both Sweet Osmanthus
or -- around here at least -- Tea Olive
. It blooms in the South in the winter and "the fragrance is powerful and exquisite."
I have had one tea doused with the perfume and didn't like it. Several teas, however, are named after osmanthus or said to have a natural osmanthus taste. I have never tasted or smelled anything like the flower in those teas. I think it is like saying tea smells like orchid ... it just means floral
in most contexts. Huang Jin Gui
from the Anxi area in Fujian province is called Golden Osmanthus
in English, though apparently Huang Jin Gui
itself means Golden Cinnamon Flower
Magnolia, of course, you know because you grew up in Texas, so I will not burden you with a disquisition on it.