Botanical name: Jasminum arborescens Family: Oleaceae (Jasmine family)
Synonyms: Jasminum montanum, Jasminum roxburghianum, Jasminum latifolium
Navamallika is large shrub, nearly erect, not twining or climbing. Branchlets are hairy. Oppositely arranged leaves are simple, variable in size, up to 18 cm long and 10 cm broad, ovate, pointed or long-pointed, soft-velvety when young, later hairless, leaf-base broadly rounded, sometimes heart-shaped, nerves distinct beneath. Leaf-stalk is 1-2.5 cm. Flowers are fragrant, in lax, three-forked clusters. Flower-stalks are 5 mm long. Bracts are linear, up to 5 mm long. Sepals are 5-6, sometimes more, linear, 1-2 mm long. Flowers are white, tube about 1 cm long, petals usually 8 or 9, 1-1.5 cm long, lanceshaped, pointed. Berry is mostly simple, 1-1.5 cm long, ellipsoid, slightly bent, black when ripe. Navamallika is found in tropical NW Himalayas and Deccan Peninsula, at altitudes of 200-1000 m. Flowering: April-May.
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