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Jasminum sambac

Jasminum sambac (L.) Aiton

 

Arabian Jasmine Vine

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyOleaceaeTemperate climate shrubs, trees and a few vines, include forsythia, ash, jasmine, privet, olive, lilac, and many others
GenusJasminumOriginally from the Persian Yasameen,”gift from God”
SpeciessambacA common name, originally derived from the Sanskrit name champaka, which actually refers to a different shrub, Michelia champaca

About plant names...

This jasmine is native to southern and southeastern Asia. It is the national flower of the Philippines, and one of the three national flowers of Indonesia. It has become naturalized in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Jasmines are popular garden plants, and it has been cultivated for so long that its origins are unknown, but it is believed to come from India.

Some jasmines:

 

Jasminum sambac (Arabian Jasmine Vine)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 10 × 15" (26 × 39 cm)

 
Jasminum polyanthum
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Jasminum sambac
Common Name

Pink Jasmine

Arabian Jasmine Vine
Plant Plants produce twining vines that can reach 20' (6.1 m). Shrubs or vines up to 20-118" (50-300 cm) high.
Flowers Profuse pink buds that open into five-petaled ¾" (2 cm) white flowers with a wonderful scent. White, waxy-looking, ¾-1" (2-3 cm) in diameter, with 5-9 lobes. Flowers form on the ends of branches, in clusters of 3-12. They open at night, released a strong, pleasant scent, and turn somewhat pink as they age.
Leaves In groups of 5-7, each 2-4" (5-10 cm) long and ½-1" (1.3-2.5 cm) wide. They are dark green on top, lighter on the bottom, somewhat wavy, with smooth edges. Oval in shape, with sharp tips, 1½-5" (4-12 cm) × ¾-3" (2-7.5 cm). Leaf stems are ¹/₁₆-⅛" (2-6 mm) long. They are smooth and shiny.
Fruit Black, ⅛-⅜" (6-11 mm) around. Purple to black berries ⅜" (1 cm) in diameter.
Range/ Zones

USDA Zones: 8-11

USDA Zones: 9-11
Type Wild Wild

 

Identification: Plants take the form of shrubs or vines up to 20-118" (50-300 cm) high. Leaves are oval in shape, with sharp tips, 1½-5" (4-12 cm) × ¾-3" (2-7.5 cm). Leaf stems are ¹/₁₆-⅛" (2-6 mm) long. They are smooth and shiny. Flowers are white, waxy-looking, ¾-1" (2-3 cm) in diameter, with 5-9 lobes. Flowers form on the ends of branches, in clusters of 3-12. They open at night, released a strong, pleasant scent, and turn somewhat pink as they age. Fruits are purple to black berries ⅜" (1 cm) in diameter.

Jasminum sambac (Arabian Jasmine Vine)

An Arabian jasmine cultivar, ‘Arabian Nights.’ By Fanghong.

Online References:

Jasminum sambac on Wikipedia

Jasminum sambac on FLORIDATA

Jasminum sambac on the USDA Plants Database

Jasminum sambac on Desert-tropicals.com

Jasminum sambac on eFloras

Jasminum sambac description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.

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Range: Zones 9-11:

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