Vascular – Exotic
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
Erect or sub-erect evergreen, glabrous or almost glabrous shrub to around 2.5m high. Shoots strongly angled. Leaves alternate, pinnate, with 3~7 sessile leaflets; petiole usu. .5~1.5cm long. Terminal leaflet .7~5 x .4~2cm, elliptic, lanceolate or ovate, entire, sometimes minutely ciliate on margins; base narrow- to broad-cuneate; apex acute or short-acuminate; lateral leaflets often shorter and wider. Cymes axillary, 3~10-flowered (sometimes more in cultivation), usu. glabrous, occasionally puberulent; pedicels 5~25mm long, slender. Calyx 2~3mm long; tube campanulate; teeth very short, acute. Corolla 1.5~2cm long, yellow, single; tube 1.2~1.5cm long; lobes around .5cm long, elliptic, generally rounded, minutely ciliate. Style around half length of tube. Fruit 6~8mm diam., globular or 2-lobed, black, glossy; pulp scanty, black. (- Webb et. al., 1988)
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
temp Himalayan, SW China
Reason for introduction
jasminum: Believed to be derived from ‘ysmyn’, the Arabic name for Jasmine.
National Pest Plant Accord species
This plant is listed in the 2020 National Pest Plant Accord. The National Pest Plant Accord (NPPA) is an agreement to prevent the sale and/or distribution of specified pest plants where either formal or casual horticultural trade is the most significant way of spreading the plant in New Zealand. For up to date information and an electronic copy of the 2020 Pest Plant Accord manual (including plant information and images) visit the MPI website.
References and further reading
Johnson, A. T. and Smith, H. A (1986). Plant Names Simplified: Their pronunciation, derivation and meaning. Landsman Bookshop Ltd: Buckenhill, UK.