Jasminum didymum subsp. lineare (R.Br.) P.S.Green

Desert Jasmine

Allertonia 3: 412 (1984) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Tangled shrub 1–2 m high, often prostrate or scrambling over other vegetation, with stems to 10 m long; branches glabrous or minutely pubescent. Leaves 3-foliolate with terminal leaflet largest; leaflets linear to broad-linear, mostly 3–10 cm long, 2–5(–12) mm wide, acute, blunt or rounded, apiculate, margins entire, surfaces glabrous or puberulent; petiole 3–20 mm long; terminal petiolule 4–20 mm long; lateral petiolules 0–5 mm long. Inflorescences axillary, 5–15-flowered. Calyx 2–3 mm long, puberulent, lobes 5, obscure, to c. 1 mm long; corolla white or cream, tube 3–10 mm long, lobes 5 or 6, ovate-lanceolate, 2.5–5 mm long, acute or obtuse. Berry globose, 8–12 mm diam., black.  Flowers mainly Mar.–Jul. (sporadically throughout the year).

LoM, MuF, MuM, RobP. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. In Victoria confined to dry woodlands in the far north-west (old specimens labelled 'Wimmera' and 'Portsea' are of doubtful provenance).

In his revision of the Australian Jasminum, Green (1984) recognized 3 subspecies of J. didymum. These differ mainly in leaflet size and shape, the length of the central petiolule and the number of flowers in the inflorescence. Intermediates between the subspecies are common outside Victoria. 

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
genus Jasminum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Jasminum didymum subsp. lineare in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Jasminum didymum subsp. lineare in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales