—jasmined, adj. —jasminelike, adj./jaz"min, jas"-/, n.1. any of numerous shrubs or vines belonging to the genus Jasminum, of the olive family, having fragrant flowers and used in perfumery.2. any of several other plants having similar fragrant flowers, as the Carolina jessamine.3. a pale-yellow color.Also, jessamine.
* * *Any of about 300 tropical and subtropical species of fragrant, flowering, woody, climbing shrubs that make up the genus Jasminum of the olive family, native to all continents except North America.The jasmine used in perfumery and aromatherapy comes from the fragrant white flowers of common, or poet's, jasmine (J. officinale), native to Iran. The dried flowers of Arabian jasmine (J. sambac) make jasmine tea. Many fragrant-flowered plants from other families are also commonly called jasmine.Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)Valerie Finnis
* * *▪ plantalso spelled jessamineany member of the genus Jasminum of the olive family (Oleaceae), which contains 225–450 tropical and subtropical species of fragrant, flowering, woody shrubs. The plants are native to tropical and to some temperate areas of the Old World.Many fragrant-flowered plants from other families are given the name jasmine, including the star, or Confederate, jasmine (Trachelo spermum jasminoides), Cape jasmine (Gardenia augusta), Madagascar jasmine (Marsdenia floribunda), jasmine tobacco (Nicotiana alata), Carolina, or allspice, jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens), Chilean jasmine (Mandevillea suaveolens), orange jasmine (various species of the genus Murraya), night or day jasmine (various species of Cestrum), and the crepe jasmine (Tabernaemontana divaricata).Most true jasmines have climbing branches without tendrils. The white, yellow, or rarely pink flowers are tubular with a flaring, lobed, pinwheel-like form. The leaves usually are composed of two or more leaflets, although some species have only one. The fruit in most species is a two-lobed black berry.Common jasmine, or poet's jasmine (J. officinale), native to Iran, produces fragrant white flowers that are the source of attar of jasmine used in perfumery. It is widely cultivated for its shining leaves and clusters of flowers that bloom in summer. Winter jasmine (J. nudiflorum), a Chinese species with solitary yellow flowers, is used as a cover plant on hillsides. Primrose jasmine (J. mesnyi) is a similar plant with larger flowers that bloom during the winter. Italian jasmine (J. humile), a vinelike shrub with yellow flowers, has many cultivated varieties. The fragrant dried flowers of Arabian jasmine (J. sambac) are used to make jasmine tea.
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