Jasminum sambac (L.) Aiton

Last updated: 29 June 2015

Scientific Name

Jasminum sambac (L.) Aiton


Jasminum bicorollatum Noronha, Jasminum blancoi Hassk., Jasminum fragrans Salisb. [Illegitimate], Jasminum heyneanum Wall. ex G.Don, Jasminum odoratum Noronha, Jasminum pubescens Buch.-Ham. ex Wall. [Invalid], Jasminum quadrifolium Buch.-Ham. ex Wall. [Invalid], Jasminum quinqueflorum B.Heyne ex G.Don, Jasminum sanjurium Buch.-Ham. ex DC. [Invalid], Jasminum undulatum (L.) Willd., Jasminum zambac Roxb. [Spelling variant], Mogorium gimea Zuccagni, Mogorium goaense Zuccagni,Mogorium sambac (L.) Lam., Mogorium undulatum (L.) Lam., Nyctanthes goa Steud., Nyctanthes sambac L., Nyctanthes undulata L. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Melor (Peninsular); bunga kembang melor, bunga melor, maloh, melati, meloh, melor susun [2][3]
English Arabian Jasmine, jasmine, sambac, Tuscan jasmine [2][3]
China Mo li hua, mo li [3]
India Aelusutthina mallige, anaimalli, ananga, anangam, anankam, ashtapadi, asphota, bela, badravalli, boddu malle, cakurtti, celakam, chamba, dalakoshaka, devalata, gundemalle, dundumallige, cirakamulla, ciriparani, mogara, suman, paruttavam, varsika, tirikartta [3]
Indonesia Melati (General); menur (Javanese) [2][3]; bungan menuh [3]
Thailand Khao taek (Mae Hong Son); tiamuun. {Chiang Mai); mali son [2]
Philippines Manul (Bisaya); sampaguita (Tagalog); kampupot (Tagalog, Pampanga); hubar, kulatai, lumabo, malul, manul, sampagita doble [2][3]
Cambodia Molih (Chinese) [2]
Vietnam l[af]I, hoa nh[af]I [2]
Japan Matsuri-ka, murikwa [3]
Tibet Malika, mallika [3]
France Jasmin d’arabie [2]

Geographical Distributions

Jasminum sambac probably originated in India and was brought to Malaysia and Java around the 3rd century; since then widely cultivated throughout the Malesian region for its heavily scented flowers. [2]

J. sambac is widely planted and occurring from sea-level up to 800 m altitude. Several double-flowered varieties are recognized, none of which produce fruit. [2]

Botanical Description

J. sambac is comes from the family Oleaceae. It is somewhat an untidy straggling climber or lax when young up to 3 m tall and rooting at the nodes. [2]

 The leaves are 1-foliolate, egg-shaped with a size of 2.5-9 cm x 2-6.5 cm and thin. The base is sub-heart-shaped to obtuse or wedge-shaped. The apex is obtuse or acuminate. The margins are slightly wavy, hairless or finely hairy on the main veins, with several sunken and bearded vein-axils beneath. [2]

 The inflorescence is a 3-flowered determinate inflorescence or a many-flowered compact cluster. Their flowers are single or double (in cultivated varieties), with 7-10 sepal segments, 2.5-7 mm long and finely hairy. The petal tube is 7-15 mm long, with 5-many lobes, oval or oblong, size 8-15 mm long, mostly white and heavily fragrant. [2]

 The fruit is a black berry and surrounded by the sepal. [2]


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Figure 1: The line drawing of J. sambac. [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Jasminum sambac (L.) Aiton [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2015 June 29]. Available from: http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-351647
  2. Rahajoe JS, Kiew R, van Valkenburg JLCH. Jasminum sambac (L.) Aiton In: de Padua LS, Bunyapraphatsara N, Lemmens RHMJ, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(1): Medicinal and poisonous plants 1. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publisher, 1999; p. 319-320
  3. Quattrocchi U. CRC world dictionary of plant names: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms, and etymology. Volume III E-L. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. p. 626-627.