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Trachelospermum jasminoides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Apocynoideae
Tribe: Apocyneae
Genus: Trachelospermum

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  • Rhynchospermum Lindl.
  • Parechites Miq.
  • Microchonea Pierre

Trachelospermum /trəˌklɵˈspɜrməm/[2] is a genus of about 15 species of evergreen woody vines in the dogbane family Apocynaceae. All species are native to southern and eastern Asia except for T. difforme, which can be found in southeastern North America.

They have long stems climbing to 12 m or more high in trees. The leaves are opposite, simple broad lanceolate to ovate, 2–8 cm long and 0.5–4 cm broad. The flowers are salverform (like those of Phlox), simple, 2.5–7 cm broad, with five white, pale yellow or purple petals joined together at the base to form a tube.

The generic name Trachelospermum comes from the Greek, literally meaning "neck seed", and referring to the seed shape.[3]

Selected species[edit]


Some species - notably T. asiaticum and T. jasminoides - are cultivated for their foliage and strongly-scented flowers.[5]


  1. ^ "World Checklist of Selected Plant Families". Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ Sunset Western Garden Book, 1995:606–607
  3. ^ Coombes, Allen J. (2012). The A to Z of plant names. USA: Timber Press. p. 312. ISBN 978-1-60469-196-2. 
  4. ^ "Species Records of Trachelospermum". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  5. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1-4053-3296-4. 

External links[edit]

Flowers of T. jasminoides