Jasminum volubile— Stiff Jasmine—OLEACEAE

Jasminum volubile

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Habitat—Usually grows on the margins of rainforest and in dry rainforest; .

Distribution—North from Singleton district in New South Wales to Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory.

Description—Scrambling shrub to 2 m high or climber with stems to 10 m long, stems glabrous or minutely pubescent.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Copeland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Karloo Street Reserve, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Islands, Tiona and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, entire, opposite, distinctly jointed at petiole, ovate to lanceolate, 3 to 7 cm long, 10 to 40 mm wide, apex ± acute, base rounded or acute, margins entire, lamina glabrous, venation raised on both surfaces, upper surface dark glossy green, lower surface paler; petiole usually 5 to 10 mm long, jointed in lower half.

Jasminum volubile
Jasminum volubile

Inflorescence— Terminal, cymose, sometimes paniculate, 11 to 40—flowered. Calyx tube 2 mm long, lobes 5 to 8, up to 1 mm long. Corolla white; tube 8 to 10 mm long; lobes 5 to 8, 6 to 8 mm long.

Flowering.—Spring and Winter

Fruit—Berry ellipsoid to globose, 9 to 11 mm diam., black, shining, fleshy.

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn

Jasminum volubile