Jasminum hirsutum (L.) Willd.


Genus: Jasminum

Description: 

From Bot. Reg. Dr. Roxburgh, among whose unpublished drawings in the Banksian Museum is one of this plant, found it in the E. I. Company's botanic garden at Calcutta, where it was said to have been received from China. The Doctor subsequently ascertained it to be a native of Bengal. From him we learn that the flowers are sometimes near thirty in a bunch, and that even in those regions of beautiful plants it is in great request. The dark green shining foliage, which is the most abundant and thick-set of any of the simple-leaved species that we are acquainted with, covers whatever it grows against nearly as closely as Ivy, and forms a remarkable contrast to the snow-white blossom. This is exceeding fragrant, andshows itself about August... It does not turn to purple in the decay, as that of the Arabian Jasmine... The lower leaves of the flower-bearing branches are generally several times smaller than the others and rounded; the older leaves are often nearly naked, gradually shedding the pubescence that covered them.

History: 

First published in Sp. Pl., ed. 4 1: 36 in 1797.

Basionym is Nyctanthes hirsuta L.

Synonym of Guettarda speciosa L.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 15 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. The present plant is in fact of recent introduction, having been first sent from the East Indies by Dr. Roxburgh to Lady Amelia Hume.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Jasminum pubescens (Retz.) Willd. 1797 = synonym of Jasminum multiflorum (Burm.f.) Andrews

Jasminum multiflorum (urm.f.) Andrews 1807

Nyctanthes hirsuta L. 1753 = synonym of Guettarda speciosa L.

Nyctanthes pubescens Retz. 1788 = synonym of Jasminum multiflorum (Burm.f.) Andrews

Nyctanthes multiflora Burm.f. 1768 = basionym of Jasminum multiflorum (Burm.f.) Andrews


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