Thursday, 12 March 2015


Jasmine (taxonomic name Jasminum) is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family (Oleaceae). It contains around 200 species native to tropical and warm temperate regions of the Eurasia, Australasia and Oceania. Jasmines are widely cultivated for the characteristic fragrance of their flowers. A number of unrelated plants contain the word "Jasmine" in their common names (e.g. "Cape Jasmine" = Gardenia).

Jasminum nitidum shown here is also known as the "Star Jasmine" or "Angelwings Jasmine". This species is native to the little known Admiralty Islands which lie in the Pacific north of New Guinea where it evolved in isolation. This quick-growing vine has glossy, green foliage giving it a tropical effect. It is also grown for its intensely fragrant flowers. The vine can be grown on a trellis, used as a ground cover, or planted in a container. Blooms from April to September. The up to 2 inch wide, white flowers have a very strong scent.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.


  1. That's an unusual looking Jasmine. Ummm, I can smell the fragrance. I think it's such a fresh and calming scent.

  2. I don't know this variety!

  3. What a gorgeous and unusual flower! I love jasmine and wouldn't mind having some of that to cover the fences around the house. Of course, that would be on the condition that cows don't like to eat them!

  4. Wow, what an unusual plant!