Royal Jasmine   
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Royal Jasmine
ative Photo: Shaista Ahmad
Common name: Royal Jasmine, Spanish jasmine, Catalonian jasmine • Hindi: चमेली chameli, जाति jati • Kannada: ajjege, ajjige, ajjuge • Malayalam: malati, piccakam, piccakamulla • Marathi: chameli, chembeli • Sanskrit: Balihrasa, Chambeli, चेतकी Chetaki • Tamil: anankam, catimallikai, catimullai • Telugu: adivimalle, chambeli • Urdu: Yasmeen
Botanical name: Jasminum grandiflorum    Family: Oleaceae (Jasmine family)
Synonyms: Jasminum officinale var. grandiflorum

Royal Jasmine is climbing shrubs, 2-4 m. Branchlets are round in cross-section, angular or grooved. Leaves are opposite, pinnately cut or compound with 5-9 leaflets. Leaf-stalks are 0.5-4 cm, leaflet blade ovate or narrowly so (terminal one usually narrowly rhomboid), 0.7-3.8 x 0.5-1.5 cm, base cuneate or blunt, apex acute, acuminate, or blunt, sometimes mucronate. Flowers are borne in terminal or axillary, 2-9-flowered cymes. Bracts are linear, 2-3 mm. Flower-stalks are 0.5-2.5 cm, middle pedicel of cymes conspicuously shorter. Sepals are subulate-linear, 5-10 mm. Flowers are white, opening flat-faced, tube 1.3-2.5 cm, petals often 5, oblong, 1.3-2.2 cm. Fruit is not seen. Flowering: August-October.
Medicinal uses: It is popular as an alternative to standard western allopathic medicine for a variety of problems, including cancer (specially of the bone, lymph nodes and breast) stress relief, anxiety as well as depression.

Identification credit: Shivendra Sharma Photographed in JNU, Delhi.

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