Plantidote of the Day 2012-06-19 UPDATED!!
(see last comment for more details on this plant)
This has to be the simplest little flower ever -- there are so few details, it almost looks fake. But I can assure you it isn't. It's roughly the size of a quarter and growing on a gnarly old shrub type plant, about four feet high and studded with thorns. And it has an odd pink/red fruit, about the size of a large grape, which you can see below the fold.
The flower smells a lot like a gardenia, a rich, perfumey scent. The plant seems to be struggling and I'm not sure what it needs to do better. Identifying it would be a good start. Anyone recognize this plant?
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