Jasmine Bud in Chennai during Spring.JPG
Jasminum sambac
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Unranked: Angiosperms
Unranked: Eudicots
Unranked: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Oleaceae
Tribe: Jasmineae
Genus: Jasminum
L. (1753)
Type species
Jasminum officinale L.



More than 200 species, see List of Jasminum species Sources: ING,[1] CPN,[2] UniProt[3]

Jasmine (Jasminum,,[4] via Arabic from the Persian yasmin, i.e. "gift from God",[5][6][7]) is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family (Oleaceae), with about 200 species, native to tropical and warm temperate regions of the Old World. The leaves can be either evergreen (green all year round) or deciduous (falling in autumn).


Main article: List of Jasminum species

Species include:

Cultivation and uses Edit

Widely cultivated for its flowers, jasmine is enjoyed in the garden, as a house plant, and as cut flowers. The flowers are worn by women in their hair in southern and southeast Asia. The delicate jasmine flower opens only at night and may be plucked in the morning when the tiny petals are tightly closed, then stored in a cool place until night. The petals begin to open between six and eight in the evening, as the temperature lowers.

As a weed Edit

Jasminum fluminense, which is sometimes known by the inaccurate name "Brazilian Jasmine", is an invasive species in Hawaii and Florida.[12] J. dichotomum, also called Gold Coast Jasmine, is also an invasive weed in Florida.[13]

Other info Edit

Jasmine gave name to the jasmonate plant hormones as methyl jasmonate isolated from the jasmine oil of Jasminum grandiflorum led to the dicovery of the molecular structure of jasmonates.[14]



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  5. "jasmine, -in, jessamine, -in", OED
  6. "jasmine." Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002.
  7. Metcalf, 1999, p. 123.
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