Chilean Jasmine
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Chilean Jasmine
E Introduced Photo: Anil Thakur
Common name: Chilean Jasmine
Botanical name: Mandevilla laxa    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Chilean Jasmine is a strongly fragrant and vigorous, semi-evergreen, woody, twining climber with sprays of 3-15 large, creamy-white, funnel-shaped flowers, up to 8 cm across, with broad petal lobes. Flowers emit a sweet vanilla fragrance that is most pronounced in the evening. The vine grows up to 12-15 ft. tall. It booms periodically in summer, and the flowers contrast against the lush foliage of ovate shiny bright green leaves, with entire margins, 10 cm long. The flowers are followed by pairs of long bean-like fruit pods. Chilean Jasmine is native to southern Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and northern Argentina.

Identification credit: Anil Thakur Photographed in cultivation in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

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