Ritchie's Jasmine
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Ritchie's Jasmine
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Ritchie's Jasmine
Botanical name: Jasminum ritchiei    Family: Oleaceae (Jasmine family)
Synonyms: Jasminum ritchiei var. purpureum

Ritchie's Jasmine is a climbing branched, nearly hairless shrub, with large white flowers, about an inch across. It was named in the honour of Captain T. A. Ritchie, 20th century British zoologist and army officer who established the Kenya National Parks. Flowers are borne in 3-9 flowered, somewhat panicled cymes. Bracts are linear-subulate, 6 mm long; flower-stalks 1-2 cm long. Calyx is 5 mm long, tube bell-shaped, more or less ribbed, hairless; sepals 2-3 mm long, linear. Flowers are white, tube 1.5-2 cm long; petals 9, pointed, 8-12 mm long. Leaves are opposite, 3-8 x 2-3.5 cm, elliptic tapering, wedge-shaped at base, lateral nerves 4 or 5 pairs. Leaf-stalks are 3-6 mm long. Berry is solitary, spherical, 8 mm across. Ritchie's Jasmine is found in Peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Vellore, Tamil Nadu.

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