Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Jasminum simplicifolium subsp. australiense P.S.Green
Green, P.S. (1984) Allertonia 3 : 419. Type: Queensland, Nathan Gorge, 28 Oct. 1963, N.H. Speck 1924; holo: K; iso: BRI, CANB, MEL.
Jasmine, Stiff; Native Jasmine; Jasmine, Native; Stiff Jasmine
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub but can grow as a vine. Vine stem diameters to 3 cm recorded.
Flowers strongly perfumed. Calyx lobes 5-8, each about 0.2-1 mm long, fused to form a tube about 2 mm long. Corolla 5-9-lobed, each lobe glabrous, about 6-11 mm long, corolla tube about 8-13 mm long. Anthers linear, about 2.5-4 mm long, not exserted. Ovary with one ovule per locule. Style about 10-13 mm long, stigma about 2-3 mm long.
Fruits globular to ellipsoid, about 10-12 mm long sometimes +/- 2-lobed or paired, calyx persistent at the base. Flesh deep purple and leaving a definite stain. Seeds globular, about 6 mm diam. Cotyledons green.
Cataphylls about 5-9, produced before the first true leaves, usually paired and sometimes opposite. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade lanceolate or ovate. Lateral veins looping inside the blade margin. Pulvinus usually visible about midway between the leaf base and the stem. Stem clothed in very short pale hairs. Seed germination time 32 to 155 days.
Occurs in CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as coastal central New South Wales. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 900 m. Grows in monsoon forest and some of the drier types of rain forest including beach forest. Also occurs on Lord Howe, Norfolk Islands and in Malesia.
A vigorous climber sometimes cultivated for its white perfumed flowers and its ability to grow in sand and saline conditions.