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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 7/8/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 7/8/2013)
Species Jasminum sambac (L.) Ait.
PlaceOfPublication Hort. Kew., ed. 1, 1: 8. 1789.
Synonym Nyctanthes sambac L., Sp. P1. 6. 1753. TYPE: Herb. Linn. (LINN 16.2, not seen, MO, micro- fiche).
Description Shrubs, or woody vines to 2 m high, much branched; twigs terete or slightly compressed, sometimes hollow, often with a prominent groove, puberulent with weak, ascending hairs. Leaves opposite, verticillate, or subopposite, to 6 cm long, 5 cm wide, simple, entire, rotund, elliptical or obovate, rounded or obtuse at each end, chartaceous, the midvein impressed above, elevated beneath, the 4-6 pin- nate veins on each side prominent, arcuate, attenuate, glabrate above except on the major veins, puberulent beneath with minute, erect hairs; petiole 2-5 mm long, pubescent, curved and thicker upwards. Inflorescences small, with mostly only a few flowers opening at a time; peduncles compressed, tomentose or gla- brate, the pedicels 3-20 mm long, with small, narrow bracts and bractlets. Flowers fragrant; calyx of 5-12 porrect, linear lobes with a narrow membranous apiculus, to 7 mm long, green; corolla white, salviform-cyathiform, the tube 7-12 mm long, stout, the lobes somewhat exceeding the tube, mostly in double or triple whorls (single in some wild Indian populations); stamens 2, but androecium and gynoe- cium often reduced to minute, petaloid processes. Fruits not seen.
Habit Shrubs, or woody vines
Native India
Distribution It is a widespread tropical ornamental.
Common Arabian jasmine asmin de Arabia
Common diamela
Specimen CANAL ZONE: Without other locality, Johansen 2 (US).
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