Jasminum officinale

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Jasminum officinale L.
  • Common Name : Jui
  • Plant Family : Oleaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 23

About Jasminum officinale Plant :

  • Habit : A scandent shrub.
  • Leaves : Opposite, leaflets 3-7, the terminal one much larger than the rest, all ovate or lanceolate, acuminate.
  • Inflorescence : Terminal corymbs or cymes.
  • Flowers : White, fragrant, Calyx tube 2-5 mm long, lobes 5, Corolla tube 12-16 mm long, lobes about as long, ovate or elliptic.
  • Fruits : Ovoid and black when ripe, full of crimson juice.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : May-June
  • Significance :
    • The root is said to be used in the treatment of ringworm.
    • The leaves are chewed for relief in cases of ulceration of the mucous membrane of the mouth.
    • Fresh juice of leaves is used as an application for corns; an oil preparation containing the juice is used in otorrhoea.
    • The whole plant is considered to be anthelmintic, diuretic and emmenagogic.
    • The scented oil and attar from flowers are valued for their cooling effect and in skin diseases, headache and eye troubles.