Malabar Jasmine
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Malabar Jasmine
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Malabar Jasmine, Wild jasmine • Marathi: कुसर kusar, रान मोगरा ran mogra • Tamil: கொடிவகை kotivakai • Kannada: ಕಾಡುಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ Kadu mallige • Sanskrit: मुद्गर mudgara
Botanical name: Jasminum malabaricum    Family: Oleaceae (Jasmine family)

Malabar Jasmine is a beautiful jasmine native to south India. It is a large climber, growing up to 3-5 m. Woody stems are 4 cm thick. Slender branches are spreading and trailing. Oppositely arranged membranous leaves are 8-12 cm long, and broadly ovate, with a sharp tip. The base of the leaf is either rounded or heart-shaped, and the stalk is 1-3 cm long. Fragrant white flowers appear in branched cymes at the end of branches, upto 50 in a single cyme. Petals are 6-10, 2 cm long, lance-like and spreading. The narrow tube below the petals is 2 cm long. It is found planted near many temples, and is used in worship. This one is very rare in northern parts of India.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed in Maharashtra.

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