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Jasminum dichotomum
Vahl, Oleaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  yes

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Common name(s): [more details]

English: Gold Coast jasmine

Habit:  shrub

Description:  "A climbing shrub or scrambler; young stems, inflorescence branches, and petioles very minutely puberulous, otherwise glabrous.  Leaves, at least at many of the nodes, in whorls of threes, simple, blades elliptic or ovate-elliptic, acute or shortly acuminate, 3-10 cm long, 1.5-5.5 cm broad, midrib and main lateral veins slightly impressed on upper and prominent on lower surface, the two  to four basal lateral veins large and conspicuously ascending; petioles 1-1.8 cm long, articulated well below the middle and often near the base.  Inflorescence terminal or lateral, often compact but sometimes rather loosely branched, with up to 60 flowers.  Calyx-teeth linear or narrowly lanceolate to narrowly ovate, acute, usually shorter than the tube at anthesis.  Corolla white tinged with red or purple, sweetly scented; tube 1-1.8 cm long" (Turrill & Milne-Redhead, 1952; p. 23).

Habitat/ecology:  In Africa, "forests, forest margins, grouped tree grassland, and bushland; 1050-1800 m"  (Turrill & Milne-Redhead, 1952; p. 23).

Propagation:  Seed

Native range:  Tropical Africa (Turrill & Milne-Redhead, 1952; p. 23).


Also reported from
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Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
United States (continental except west coast)
United States (other states)
USA (Florida) introduced
U.S. Dept. Agr., Nat. Res. Cons. Serv. (2013)

Comments:  Planting of this species is prohibited in Miami-Dade County, Florida (U.S.) (Hunsberger, 2001).

Control:  If you know of control methods for Jasminum dichotomum, please let us know.

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This page was created on 1 JUL 2004 and was last updated on 4 JUL 2012.