6440.000 Jasminum L. - Jasmines

Description of the genus

Shrubs, often partly climbing or climbers. Leaves opposite, whorled or alternate, simple or compound. Domatia sometimes present in the axils of lateral nerves on the lower leaf surface. Inflorescences few-many flowered, cymose or solitary. Flowers scented. Calyx with cup-shaped tube and 5-15 teeth. Corolla white or yellow, salver-shaped with 5-13 lobes. Fruit a deeply 2-lobed, 2-seeded berry.

Derivation of name: from ysmyn, the Arabic name for the genus.

Worldwide: 200 species, mainly tropical, with a few temperate.

Zambia: 3 cultivated taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Acherontia atropos (Death's head hawk)
Nepheronia thalassina (Cambridge vagrant)
Palpita vitralis (White pearl)
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SpeciesContent
multiflorum (Burm. f.) Andrews
officinale L.
sambac (L.) Aiton

Other sources of information about Jasminum:

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Flora of Botswana: Jasminum
Flora of Caprivi: Jasminum
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Jasminum
Flora of Malawi: Jasminum
Flora of Mozambique: Jasminum
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Jasminum
Flora of Zambia: Jasminum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Jasminum
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Jasminum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Jasminum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Jasminum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Jasminum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Jasminum
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iNaturalist: Jasminum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Jasminum
JSTOR Plant Science: Jasminum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Jasminum
Plants of the World Online: Jasminum
Tropicos: Jasminum
Wikipedia: Jasminum

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Cultivated plants: genus page: Jasminum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1084, retrieved 4 March 2024

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