Jasminum humile

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Italian jasmine
yellow jasmine
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Lamiales
Family: Oleaceae
Genus: Jasminum
Species: J. humile
Binomial name
Jasminum humile
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Jasminum humile flower found in Kathmandu in June

Jasminum humile (Italian jasmine or yellow jasmine) is a species of flowering plant in the Oleaceae family, native to Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Nepal, Burma (Myanmar), the Himalayas and south west China (Gansu, Guizhou, Sichuan, Xizang (Tibet), Yunnan). The species is widely cultivated and reportedly naturalized in Greece, Sicily and the former Yugoslavia.[1][2]

Growing 2.5–4 m (8–13 ft) tall by 3 m (10 ft) wide, it is a roundish semi-evergreen shrub with thick stems. It has stout, dark green leaves, 5 cm long, with 5-7 imparipinnate leaflets. In protected areas it retains its leaves over winter, though in cold winters its foliage and buds may freeze. It blooms in spring and summer with clusters of usually six yellow, scented flowers.[1][3]

The Latin specific epithet humile means "low-growing".[4]

Numerous cultivars have been developed for garden use, of which 'Revolutum' (syn. J. reevesii Hort.) has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Jasminum humile
  3. ^ Kertészeti Dendrológia (Szerk: Dr. Schmidt Gábor) KÉE Házinyomdája, 1991.
  4. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  5. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Jasminum humile 'Revolutum'". Retrieved 25 June 2013.