Telosma cordata

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Tonkin jasmine
Chinese violet
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Telosma cordata [1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Genus: Telosma
Species: T. cordata
Binomial name
Telosma cordata
(Burm.f.) Merr.

Asclepias cordata

Telosma cordata (Tonkin jasmine, pakalana vine, Tonkinese creeper, Chinese violet, (Vietnamese Thiên lý), (Thai: ดอกสลิด Dok salit) is a species of flowering plant native to China, with a Chinese name 夜香花.[2] It is cultivated elsewhere and may occur wild as an introduced species. The plant bears clusters of golden yellow blooms along the vining stems during summer months. Individual blooms emerge successively over a period of weeks emitting a rich, heavy fragrance during the day and night.


The flower buds are used in Southern Chinese cuisine, Vietnamese cuisine and Northern Thai cuisine, where they are stir-fried or boiled in broth.


  1. ^ illustration circa 1790 from James Edward Smith and James Sowerby - Icones pictae plantarum rariorum descriptionibus et observationibus illustratae
  2. ^ Flora of China

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