Jasminum L.


An ancient name derived from the Arabic yãsmín.

Deciduous and evergreen vines and occasionally shrubs. Leaves opposite or alternate, odd-pinnate or with 1 leaflet. Flowers in terminal or axillary clusters, fragrant, yellow, white or red. Flower tube narrow, with wide-spreading lobes. Stamens 2. Fruit a berry with 2 valves; seeds 1 or 2.

Grown, mostly as climbers and scramblers, for the sweetly scented flowers. Several species are cultivated for their perfume, notably the Arabian Jasmine, J. sambac.

Semi-hardwood or hardwood cuttings or layers, occasionally by seed.

The fine aroma is utilised in scents and perfumed teas; there is also an aromatic oil extract called malatti.

Climbing plants with fragrant flowers.

About 450 mostly tropical species, a few temperate. Australia has 5-6 endemic species.

Kobuski (1959), Green (1961, 1962, 1965, 1984, 1988b, 1997).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Oleaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Oleaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Jasminum azoricum L.
species         Jasminum humile L.
species         Jasminum mesnyi Hance
species         Jasminum nudiflorum Lindl.
species         Jasminum officinale L.
species         Jasminum polyanthum Franch.
species         Jasminum sambac (L.) Aiton
species         Jasminum ×stephanense Lemoine