star jasmine is an evergreen woody liana. it is native to eastern and southeast asia for example japan and china.
“jasminoides” from its name trachelospermum jasminoides is botanical latin for ‘jasmine-like’, that is to say it is not a true jasmine. the name honors the wonderful jasmine-like perfume produced by this vine (source: floridata). another common name is trader’s compass.
now is the stage time of its white fragrant flowers. it has a playful look of pinwheel. yet it is a plant of many uses. a perfume oil can be extracted from the flowers and its stem/vine and leaves are used in chinese medicine. its pretty flowers also makes it a popular climbing plant used in gardening.
one added note, this photo was taken last weekend at the peak. the blossoming star jasmine has a company. it is a butterfly-look-alike moth. its name is amata grotei.
絡石 star jasmine (trachelospermum jasminoides) – kingdom: plantae 植物界 | (unranked 未分級): angiosperms 被子植物 | (unranked未分級): eudicots 真雙子葉植物 | (unranked 未分級): asterids 菊類植物｜order: 龍膽目 gentianales ｜family 夾竹桃科 apocynaceae ｜ genus: 絡石屬 trachelospermum | species 種: 絡石 t. jasminoides wiki