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Jasminum officinale Linn., Sp. Pl. 7. 1753. Boiss., Fl. Or. 4: 43. 1879; C.B. Clarke in Hook. f., l.c 603; Parker, l.c 316; E. Murray in Rech. f., l.c. 9.

Vern. “Malti”.

Jasminum officinale

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

Shrubs, sometimes twining or seeking support. Branches long, weak, sparsely hairy when young. Leaves 5-10 cm long, opposite, imparipinnate, petiole and midrib narrowly margined; leaflets 3-7, upper surface slightly pubescent, especially on midrib and margins, lateral leaflets acute or apiculate, sessile or subsessile, the upper pair sometimes with broad connate bases, terminal much larger, ovate or lanceolate, acuminate. Flowers fragrant, 1-10 in subumbellate terminal, often leafy cymes; pedicels up to 2 cm. Bracts linear, c. 5 mm long. Calyx teeth linear, 5-10 mm long, puberulous. Corolla white, tube 1-2 cm long, lobes 4-5, oblong, shorter than the tube, more or less involute at the margins. Berry black when ripe, elliptic or globose, 8-10 mm long, full of crimson juice.

Fl. Per.: May July. Fruit : September-November.

Type: “Habitat in India”.

Distribution: Mediterranean, Caucasus, Northern Persia, Eastern Afghanistan, Hindukush, India, Pakistan, China.

Common in termperate forests, hilly tracts of the northern regions. Frequently found with Jasminum humile. Eaten by grazing animals.


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