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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Jasminum (jasmines)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Lamiales > Family: Oleaceae

About 450 species worldwide, found in Asia, Africa and Australia. Twelve species are native to southern Africa and an additional 18 species and one hybrid species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Jasminum abyssinicum

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Jasminum angulare


Jasminum brachyscyphum

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Jasminum breviflorum


Jasminum fluminense

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Jasminum glaucum


Jasminum meyeri-johannis

Recorded from Mozambique.

Jasminum multipartitum  Jasminum multipartitum

Jasminum quinatum


Jasminum stenolobum


Jasminum streptopus


Jasminum tortuosum


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Jasminum nudiflorum (Winter jasmine)

Native to China. Cultivated in southern Africa as a garden plant. Often found growing in hedges, using other plants for support.

Jasminum azoricum

Native to Madeira.


Jasminum beesianum

Native to China.


Jasminum fruticans

Native from the Mediterranean to Turkmenistan.


Jasminum gracillimum

Native to Borneo.


Jasminum grandiflorum (Spanish jasmine)

Native to Arabia.


Jasminum humile (Yellow jasmine)

Native from Afganistan to China. Italian jasmine is Jasminum humile 'Revolutum'.


Jasminum leratii

Native to New Caledonia.


Jasminum mesnyi (Primrose jasmine)

Native to China.


Jasminum multiflorum

Native to tropical Asia.


Jasminum nitidum


Jasminum odoratissimum

Native to Madeira and the Canary Islands.


Jasminum officinale (Common jasmine)

Native from India to China.


Jasminum polyanthum

Native to China.


Jasminum pubigerum

Native to India.


Jasminum sambac (Arabian jasmine, Zambac)

Native to India.


Jasminum stans

Native to tropical Africa.


Jasminum suavissimum

Native to eastern Australia.


Jasminum x stephanense

Native to China.


Ecological relationships


Acherontia atropos (Death's Head Hawkmoth)

Lepidoptera > Sphingidae

The caterpillar eats the leaves of Jasminum (amongst quite a wide variety of host-plants)


Photo by H.L. O'Heffernan, Iziko