Primrose Jasmine
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Primrose Jasmine
ntroduced Shrub trifoliate Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Primrose jasmine, Japanese jasmine • Hindi: जापानी चमेली Japani chameli
Botanical name: Jasminum mesnyi      Family: Oleaceae (Jasmine family)
Synonyms: Jasminum primulinum

Primrose jasmine is a scrambling evergreen shrub growing to 10 ft tall by 3-7 ft wide, with fragrant yellow flowers in spring and summer. Flowers are usually solitary, in leaf-axils or rarely at branch-ends; bracts leafy, obovate or lanceshaped, 5-10 mm. Flower-stalks are 3-8 mm. Sepal-cup is bell-shaped; sepals 5-8, leafy, lanceshaped, 4-7 mm. Flowers are yellow, 2-4.5 cm in diamter; with a narrow funnel-shaped tube 1-1.5 cm. Petals are 6-8, doubled in cultivation, broadly obovate or oblong, 1.1-1.8 cm. Leaves opposite, 3-foliolate or simple at base of branchlets; leaf-stalk 0.5-1.5 cm; leaf blade broadly ovate or elliptic. Primrose jasmine is native to southwestern China.

Identification credit: Thingnam Sophia Photographed in Manipur & Delhi.

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