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Common name: Taruni, River Jasmine, Scrambling Vine • Kannada: ಬಾಣ ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಗಿಡ bana mallige gida, ಕಾಡು ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ kaadu mallige, ನಿತ್ಯ ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ nithya mallige • Malayalam:കാട്ടുമുല്ല kattumulla • Sanskrit: तरुणि taruni, वनमल्लिका vanamallika • Tamil: இராமபாணம் முல்லை ramabanam mullai • Tulu: ಕಟ್ಟು ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ kattu mallige Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Jasminum flexile    Family: Oleaceae (Jasmine family)
Synonyms: Jasminum burmannianum, Jasminum azoricum var. travancorense

Taruni is a wildflower native to south India. White flowers are borne in cymes up to 15 cm long, at branch ends, corymb-like, stalked. Bracts and bracteoles minute, subulate. Flowers ae many, on stalks 1.5 cm long. Calyx is 3 mm long, truncate, hairless. Flower tube is 3 cm long, petals 13 x 6 mm, oblong, blunt, white with pink tinge. It is a climbing shrub with hairless stem. Leaves are trifoliate, with leaflets nearly equal, 10 x 5 cm, ovate-lanceshaped, base rounded, tip long-pointed, hairless, acumen curved, lateral nerves 7 pairs. Leaflet stalks are unequal, middle stalk is up to 2.5 cm long, laterals smaller. Berry is 10 x 5 mm, oblique-obovoid, black, glabrous. Taruni is found in Peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: October-March.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed on Sirsi - Jog Falls route, Karnataka.

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