Fragrant Telosma is an evergreen woody twiner vine, native to India, Pakistan, China and Burma. It grows up to 10 to 20 feet tall,
with opposite heart shaped leaves with long stalks. It is closely related
to the Telosma Vine
which has more ovate
leaves, and scentless flowers. Branches are softly velvet-hairy. Leaves
are beautiful, heart-shaped with a narrow tips. Yellow-green flowers are
borne in cymes carried on small stalks. Each cyme has 15-30 flowers.
Sepals are oblong-lanceshaped, hairy. Flowers are yellowish green, tube
6-10 × 4-6 mm, hairy outside. Petals are oblong, 6-12 long and 3-6 mm
wide. Corona lobes are slightly fleshy. True to its Chinese name Ye Lai
, meaning "nocturnal fragrance," it emits a strong fragrance at
night. This vine has a long flowering period. Flowering: May-October.