雙瓣茉莉 arabian jasmine (jasminum sambac)

好一朵美麗的茉莉花 …… 唱著民謠,總以為茉莉是中國原生。常見於香港的,一般是雙瓣茉莉,原生印度、南亞高原、中東。

秀美的花朵,加上雅麗的花香,讓植物廣泛植栽於亞熱帶地區。明末清初嶺南詩人屈大均《陽江道上逢盧子歸自瓊州賦贈》就點出此花在華南的盛況:天晴空翠滿,五指拂雲來。樹樹奇南結,家家茉莉開。

「葉對生,闊卵形,全緣,網狀脈,葉色濃綠,葉質較厚且富有光澤。聚散花序,頂生或腋生,每個花序著生花蕾三朵到十多朵。」「花蕾卵圓形,頂部較平或稍尖,也稱平頭茉莉。」《互動百科》

arabian jasmine

 

chinese and possibly many others assume jasmine is from china. i guess partly due to the popularity of the chinese folk song “mo li hua (the jasmine flower)”. the pristine looking and amazingly fragrant arabian jasmine commonly seen in china in fact you can tell is native to india, iran and arabia.

it is the national flower of the philippines, where it is known as sampaguita.

此株茉莉給蚜蟲吃了整顆花 this shrub is invaded by aphid

 

雙瓣茉莉 arabian jasmine (jasminum sambac)order: lamiales  唇形目 | family: oleaceae 木樨科 |  tribe: jasmineae | genus: jasminum 素馨屬 | species: J. sambac 雙瓣茉莉

 

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