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Jasminum sambac 'Mali Chat'


Jasminum sambac 'Mali Chat'

Family Name: Oleaceae
Common Name: 茉莉


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Shrub

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A slow growing variety which grows as a small bushy shrub or vine. The shrub can grow up to 50 cm tall. 
Foliage Leaves are light green, oval shaped, and arranged oppositely along the stem. Leaf is 4 - 5 cm long and 3 - 5 cm wide with tipped apex. 
Flowers The flowers appears singly or in clusters (1 - 3 flowers), each flower has multi-levels of white petals, fragrant. 
Fruit Fruits are not seen in cultivation. 
Cultivation Grow this plant outdoor, under full sun as a shrub, or under shade as a vine (produces bigger and darker leaves, but less flowers). Water only when the soil is dry. Pruning helps to increase flowering as new wood produces new shoots. Fertilizer monthly with a balanced fertilizer. 
Etymology The genus Jasminum is latinized from the Persian name, yasemin or Arabic, Yasamin, or perfumed plants.  The specific epithet sambac is an Arabic name, zambac. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Fragrant (Flowers)
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting
Thematic Landscaping Fragrant / Aromatherapy Garden

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Propagation Method Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Green
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Opposite
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Oval)
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Entire - Wavy / Undulate
Foliar Apex - Tip Acute
Foliar Base Rounded / Obtuse

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) White
Flower Texture(s) Smooth
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Terminal
Flower Symmetry Radial
Individual Flower Shape Tubular
Inflorescence Type Cyme
Flowering Period Free-Flowering

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Master ID 33079
Species ID 7493
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.