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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 7. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: Species c. 300, distributed mainly in tropical and subtropical Eurasia, Africa, Pacific. Representeh by 14 wild or cultivated species in Pakistan.


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Shrubs, climbing, twining, or erect. Leaves opposite, or alternate, simple or imparipinnate. Flowers attractive, frequently fragrant, cymes tri-or dichotomous, simple, or flowers solitary. Calyx 4-9-fid, teeth linear, long or short, or almost truncate. Corolla 1 cm in diameter or more, salver-shaped, white or yellow, tube narrow; lobes (4-)5-9(-10), patent, imbricate in bud. Flowers often heterostylous. Berry didymous or simple (by abortion); each part globose, ellipsoid or elongated, containing 1-2 seeds; cultivated species frequently without berries.

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1 Leaves compound, trifoliolate or pinnate (2)
+ Leaves simple (10)
2 (1) Leaves alternate, flowers yellow (3)
+ Leaves opposite, flowers white or yellow (5)
3 (2) The whole plant glabrous (4)
+ Branches, leaves and calyx teeth pubsecent
4 (3) Leaflets usually 5-7. Flowers fragrant. Plants sterile. Cultivated
+ Leaflets usually 3-5. Flowers scentless. Plants wild, with berries. Occasionally cultivated Jasminum humile
5 (2) Flowers white. Leaves trifoliolate or pinnate (6)
+ Flowers yellow. Leaves trifoliolate Jasminum mesnyi
6 (5) Calyx teeth minute (7)
+ Calyx teeth nearly as long as the corolla tube, 5-15 mm long (9)
7 (6) Leaves glabrous or glabrate, green; lateral leaflets well developed but not always as long as the terminal (8)
+ Leaves grey-pubescent; lateral leaflets much reduced or lacking Jasminum auriculatum
8 (7) Leaves trifoliolate; leaflets ovate, not coriaceous Jasminum azoricum
+ Leaves trifoliolate or pinnate; leaflets cordate or subcordate to lanceolate, coriaceous Jasminum dispermum
9 (6) Inflorescence cymose; pedicels of subsequent flowers exceeding the first and the central ones; corolla tube 15-23 mm long, the lobes 15-20 mm long, 8-14 mm broad. Cultivated Jasminum grandiflorum
+ Inflorescence subumbellate; corolla tube 15-17 mm long, the lobes 9-12 mm long, 5-8 mm broad. Common, wild Jasminum officinale
10 (1) Plant pubescent, at least the calyx. Leaves not Coriaceous (11)
+ Entire plant glabrous. Leaves coriaceous, shining Jasminum cuspidatum
11 (10) Calyx teeth 0-3(-4) mm long (12)
+ Calyx teeth 5 mm and longer (15)
12 (11) Calyx teeth usually longer than 1 mm. Leaves never trifoliolate (13)
+ Calyx almost truncate, teeth less than 1 mm long. Leaves sometimes with 2 small, stipulelike lateral leaflets Jasminum auriculatum
13 (12) Leaves up to 18 cm long, pubescent when young, later glabrescent; petiole 1-2.5 cm long (14)
+ Leaves up to 6 cm long, velvety tomentose on both Sides; petiole up to 1 cm long Jasminum roxburghianum
14 (13) Shrub not twining Jasminum arborescens
+ Shrub twining. leaves unusually large Jasminum latifolium
15 (11) Flowers in dense terminal or axillary cymes or single, fragrant or not, sometimes tinged with red outside. Leaves ovate, usually acuminate, base truncate to cordate (16)
+ Flowers in few-flowered terminal cymes, fragrant, often double, not tinged with red outside. Leaves elliptic or broad-elliptic to suborbicular, sometimes in whorls or 3; acute leaves with ± cuneate base Jasminum sambac
16 (15) Flowers fragrant; cymes sometimes axillary or on dwarf Lateral branchlets. Calyx fulvous-villous, teeth almost as long as the corolla tube. Frequently cultivated Jasminum multiflorum
+ Flowers scentless; cymes terminal, Calyx pubescent, teeth of about half the length of the corolla tube. Rarely cultivated Jasminum amplexicaule
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