Jasminum sambac

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Jasminum sambac (L.) Sol
  • Common Name : Mogro, Jui
  • Plant Family : Oleaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1-3, 5, 8, 12, 22, 27, 29, 30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Infocity, Aranya Van

About Jasminum sambac Plant :

  • Habit : A suberect shrub, scarcely climbing, young branches pubescent.
  • Leaves : Opposite, membranous, variable in shape, broadly ovate or elliptic, obtuse, entire, glabrous, base rounded or subcordate, main nerves 4-6 pairs, petiole hairy.
  • Inflorescence : Solitary or 3-flowered terminal cymes.
  • Flowers :
    • White, fragrant, pedicellate, bracteates.
    • Bracts linear-subulate, pedicels hairy.
    • Calyx hairy, teeth 5-9, linear-subulate.
    • Corolla lobes as long as the tube, narrowly oblong, acute or obtuse.
  • Fruits : Ripe Carpels 1-2 subglobose, black surrounded by the suberect calyx-teeth.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : More or less throughout the year.
  • Significance :
    • The plant is considered cool and sweet.
    • It is used in cases of insanity, weakness of sight and affections of mouth.
    • The leaves and flowers are considered valuable as a lactifuge.
    • The applications of bruished material to the breasts arrests secretion of milk in the puerperal state in cases of threatened abscess.
    • Dried leaves soaked in water and made into poultice are used in indolent ulcers.