Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Jasminum molle R.Br.

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Leaves and flowers. © R.L. Barrett
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Brown, R. (1810) Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae : 521. Type: Northern Australia, R. Brown; holo: BM?.

Common name

Jasmine, Native; Native Jasmine; Jasmine, Hairy; Hairy Jasmine


Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub but can grow as a vine.


Leaf blades about 3.5-4.5 x 1.6-2.5 cm, petioles 0.5-1.5 cm long. Pulvinus or articulation located towards the base of the petiole just prior to its junction with the twig. Petiole channelled on the upper surface above the pulvinus or articulation.


Flowers strongly perfumed. Calyx lobes four to six, each about 0.2-1.5 mm long, fused to form a tube about 1 mm long. Corolla five or six-lobed, each lobe about 6-10 mm long, corolla tube about 8-16 mm long. Anthers linear, about 3.5 mm long. Style about 4 mm long(?). Stigma linear, about 2 mm long.


Fruits globular to ellipsoid, about 8-15 x 7-14 mm. Calyx lobes long and conspicuous, persistent at the base.


Cataphylls about 2-4, produced before the first true leaves. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blades +/- ovate with an articulation or pulvinus about midway between the leaf base and the stem.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Australia, occurs in WA, NT and NEQ (the Gulf of Carpentaria region). Altitudinal range from near sea level to 300 m. Grows in monsoon forest, vine thickets, open eucalypt forest and desert shrubland.

Jasminum simplicifolium var. molle (R.Br.) Benth., Flora Australiensis 4: 296(1868). Jasminum acuminatum R.Br., Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae : 521(1810), Type: Northern Australia, R. Brown; holo: BM?.
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