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Jasminum longipetalum King & Gamble

Slender Vine
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King, G. & Gamble, J.S. (1906) Journal Asiatic Society Bengal 74: 262. Type: Malaysia, Perak, Kings collector 2765 & 6005; Isosyntype : K; Singapore, Ridley 10937; Isosyntype: K.

Common name

Jasmine, Native; Native Jasmine


Usually grows as a shrub, sometimes flowers and fruits as a vine.


Leaf blades thick and leathery, about 5.5-10 x 2-5.5 cm, petioles about 0.5-1 cm long. Petiole with a pulvinus or articulation about 3-5 mm from the base.


Inflorescences about 3-7-flowered. Flowers strongly perfumed. Calyx lobes about 4-5 x 1 mm, clothed in short, pale hairs. Corolla tube about 15 mm long and quite narrow, about 1-2 mm. Corolla lobes about 9-11, each about 15 x 2-3 mm. Anthers about 4 mm long, included in the corolla tube, filaments about 1 mm long. Ovary about 1.5 mm diam. Style about half the length of the corolla tube. Ovules 1 per locule.


Fruits often paired, each fruit globular about 8-11 mm diam. Seeds 7-8 mm diam. Testa very thin.


Usually four spirally arranged cataphylls produced before a whorl of three larger cataphylls and then the first true leaves. Cataphylls hairy. First true leaves produced in a whorl of three. Leaf blades ovate, all venation depressed on the upper surface. Petiole with a pulvinus or articulation about halfway between the leaf base and the stem.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 180 m. Grows in beach forest or thickets on old sand dunes.

Natural History & Notes

This species has horticultural potential because of the large white flowers and the fact that it can easily be trained into a shrub.

Jasminum sp. (Jardine River LJB 18869), : (). Jasminum pseudoanastomasans Lingelsh., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 61: 20(1927), Type: Papua, cei der Djamu- Klamm, 30 Sept 1907, R. Schlechter 16601; Isosyn: BRI, K. West Papua, Mamberamo, 7 Sept. 1914, A.C. Thomsen 857. Jasminum turneri C.T. White, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 51: 297(1926), Type: Papua New Guinea, Rigo Valley, 1924, R. Lister Turner; Holo: BRI; Iso: K. Jasminum dolichopetalum Merr. & Rolfe, Philippine Journal Science 3: 120(1908), Type: Philippines, Luzon, Ramos Bur. Sci. 995; Iso: K.
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