Jasminum tortuosum

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Jasminum tortuosum
Jasmium tortuosum flowers.jpg
J. tortuosum in the Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Oleaceae
Genus: Jasminum
Species: J. tortuosum
Binomial name
Jasminum tortuosum

Jasminum tortuosum is a species of jasmine native to South Africa.[2] It is generally found twining high into the trees of forests in southwestern part of Cape Province, but also may scramble where there is little vertical space. It has angular branches off its main stem, and its flowers usually have five white petals each.[3] The specific epithet (tortuosum) is from Latin, describing something that is winding or very twisted.[5]


'Jasminum' is a Latinized form of the Arabic word, 'yasemin' for sweetly scented plants.[6] 'Tortuosum' is the possessive form os 'tortus', meaning 'complex', 'meandering', or 'winding'; this is a reference to the twining of its stems.[6]



  1. ^ Under its current binomial of Jasminum tortuosum this plant was published in Enumeratio Plantarum Horti Botanici Berolinensis,… 1: 10. 1809. "Name - !Jasminum tortuosum Willd.". Tropicos. Saint Louis, Missouri: Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b GRIN (September 30, 2011). "Jasminum tortuosum information from NPGS/GRIN". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b J. tortuosum was originally described and published as J. flexile, in Plantarum Rariorum Horti Caesarei Schoenbrunnensis Descriptiones et Icones. Vienna, London. 4: 46, t. 490. 1804. Dr. J.P. Roux. "Entry for Jasminum tortuosum". Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jasminum tortuosum Willd.". The Plant List; Version 1. (published on the internet). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden. 2010. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Calflora botanical names: tortuosum". Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Gledhill, David (2008). "The Names of Plants". Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521866453 (hardback), ISBN 9780521685535 (paperback). pp 220, 386

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