Jasminum angustifolium

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Wild Jasmine
Wild jasmine.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Oleaceae
Genus: Jasminum
Species: J. angustifolium
Binomial name
Jasminum angustifolium

Jasminum angustifolium is a species of jasmine native to India, Sri Lanka and the Andaman Islands.[1]

Wild Jasmine is a small climbing shrub. Stem is smooth but branchlets minutely pubescent. Oppositely arranged, simple leaves are very variable even on the same plant. Leaves are 1–3 cm long, 7–20 mm broad, elliptic-ovate. The smooth leaves are acute, base obtuse or almost rounded. One inch across white, star-like flowers are exquisitely fragrant. The flowers are either solitary or more usually in threes. Petals 7 or 8, but can be more in number. Petals are linear, obtuse, very acute. Carpels two usually well developed. Flowering: June–August.[2]

This flower, and Jasminum grandiflorum play a central role in Buddhist and Hindu temple floral offerings, garlands etc.

Common names[edit]

• English: Wild Jasmine
• Hindi: बनमल्लिका Banmallika
• Tamil: Pithikam / pichi poo
• Malayalam: Kattumallika
• Telugu: Adavimalli
• Kannada: Kananamallika, Adavimallige
• Sanskrit: वनमल्लिका Vanamallika, Asphota
• Sinhala: Wal Pichcha, Val Samanpichcha, Saman pichcha

Medicinal properties[edit]

Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, kapha, skin diseases, ulcers, diseases of eye, stomatitis, pruritus, anti-toxic. In higher dose induce emesis. Useful part : Roots, Leaves.


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