Common name: Orange Jasmine, Chinese box • Hindi: Kamini कामिनी • Manipuri: কামিনী কুসুম Kamini kusum • Tamil: வெங்காரை Vengarai • Telugu: Nagagolungu • Marathi: कुन्ती Kunti • Kannada: Kadu karibevu • Malayalam: Maramulla
Botanical name: Murraya paniculata Family: Rutaceae (citrus family)
Synonyms: Murraya exotica
Kamini flowers have an aromatic orange-like fragrance.
Native to India, Kamini is a large,
multi-trunked shrub, but can grow to become a small tree. It can be pruned and
also grown as garden hedge! The evergreen leaflets are dark green and
pinnately compound with three to nine leaflets arranged alternately
along the spine. The dark green leaves make a dramatic
backdrop for the highly fragrant cream colored flowers. The shrub blooms
most of the year. The flowers are followed by small oval red fruits with one
or two seeds. The shrub is usually propagated from seed.