Syn.: Jasminum primulinum Hemsl. ex Baker
Family: Oleaceae Hoffmanns. et Link
Jasminum mesnyi
Distribution: This species is native to southern China (Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnan) but also cultivated in many subtropical and tropical regions of the world. It was also introduced into southern USA (from Texas to Florida), Central America (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras), eastern Australia, etc.
Ecology: In China, it grows in ravines and forests, at elevations from 500 up to 2600 m asl. Elsewhere, this species is found in areas disturbed by humans. It blooms from November to August.
Jasminum mesnyi
Description: Subshrubs, evergreen, 0.5–5 m tall. Branchlets 4-angled, glabrous, overhanging. Leaves opposite, petiolate, trifoliolate or simple at base of branchlets, leaflets sessile or subsessile, narrowly elliptic to oblong-lanceolate or oval, terminal one 2.5–6.5 × 0.5–2.2 cm, apiculate, dark green above, paler beneath. Flowers usually solitary, axillary or rarely terminal; bracts leafy, obovate or lanceolate, 5–10 mm; calyx campanulate, lobes 5–8, leafy, lanceolate, 4–7 mm; corolla yellow, orange in the throat, funnelform, tube stout, lobes 6–8 (doubled in cultivation), obovate, rounded, about 2.5 cm long. The fruit is a ellipsoid berry, up to 1 cm long and 6 mm in diameter.
Note: The genus Jasminum contains about 200 species, distributed mainly in tropical and subtropical Eurasia, Africa, and Pacific.
Jasminum mesnyi
Jasminum mesnyi
Jasminum mesnyi
Jasminum mesnyi
These images were taken in Guatemala, Nebaj (by Jindřiška Vančurová, February 7, 2015).