Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Jasminum didymum subsp. racemosum (F.Muell.) P.S.Green

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
Slender Vine
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Inflorescence and flowers. © A. Ford & F. Goulter
Leaves and fruit. © A. Ford & F. Goulter
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Cotyledon and 1st leaf stage, hypogeal germination. © CSIRO
10th leaf stage. © CSIRO

Green, P.S. (1984) Allertonia 3 : 411.

Common name

Jasmine, Native; Native Jasmine


Usually grows into a slender woody vine, but can also flower and fruit as a shrub.


Leaf blades about 2.5-5.5 x 0.7-1.1 cm. Middle leaflet blade and stalk of the middle leaflet longer than the corresponding parts of the lateral leaflets.


Flowers strongly but pleasantly perfumed. Calyx lobes small and inconspicuous. Corolla lobes about 2.5-4 mm long, tube about 4.5-9 mm long. Anthers linear, about 3-4 mm long, filaments about 0.5-1 mm long. Style about 2.5-4.5 mm long. Stigma bilobed, about 1-2 mm long.


Fruits orbicular, about 8 mm diam. Seeds about 7 x 5-6 mm.


Cataphylls (2-4 alternate) sometimes produced before the first pair of true leaves. First pair of true leaves simple, about 10-12 x 6-7 mm, or trifoliolate with the middle leaflet about 10-15 x 3-5 mm. Upper and lower leaflet surfaces clothed in short hairs. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves trifoliolate, the middle leaflet ovate, much larger than the elliptic lateral leaflets, leaflets three-veined towards the base, lateral veins two to four on each side of the midrib, midrib depressed on the upper surface. Terminal bud, stem and petiole clothed in short, erect, pale hairs which are visible with a lens.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards to south-eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range in northern Australia from near sea level to 350-850 m. Grows in monsoon forest and vine thickets, but is also found in woodland and similar sparsely vegetated habitats. Also occurs in New Guinea.

Jasminum racemosum F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 1: 19(1858), Type: In silvis Araucariarum pone sinum Moreton Bay. Hill and Mueller. Holo: K.
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