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.

Zimbabwe: 14 cultivated taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Acherontia atropos (Death's head hawk) Food plant
Nepheronia thalassina (Cambridge vagrant) Food plant
Palpita vitralis (White pearl) Larval foodplant
Jasminum mesnyi

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesContent
azoricum L.
beesianum Forrest & Diels
fluminense Vell.Description, Image
fruticans L.Description
grandiflorum L.
humile L.
laurifolium Roxb. ex Hornem. var. laurifolium
mesnyi HanceDescription, Image
multiflorum (Burm. f.) Andrews
multipartitum Hochst.Description, Image
nudiflorum Lindl.
officinale L.
polyanthum Franch.Image
sambac (L.) Aiton

Other sources of information about Jasminum:

Our websites:

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 Zambia: cultivated Jasminum
Flora of Zimbabwe: 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
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
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: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Jasminum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1084, retrieved 29 May 2024

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