Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrubs or climbers, evergreen. Leaves opposite or alternate (not in Victoria), 3-foliolate, simple or pinnate, petiolate. Inflorescences of terminal or axillary cymes or panicles, rarely flowers solitary; flowers bisexual, heterostylous, fragrant; calyx campanulate, 4- or 5-lobed, lobes triangular or filiform; corolla usually white, sometimes yellow or red, tube cylindric, lobes 4–10 , spreading, imbricate in bud; stamens 2, included in corolla-tube, anthers often with a small terminal appendage; ovary 2-celled, rounded or notched, ovules 1 per cell, style long or short, stigma 2-lobed. Fruit a berry, 2-lobed and 2-seeded or entire and 1-seeded by abortion.

About 300 species, widespread mostly in tropical and subtropical regions; c.16 species in Australia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Oleaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-11-19
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Oleaceae
Higher taxa
genus Jasminum
Subordinate taxa