Jasminum multiflorum

Jasminum multiflorum (Burm. f.) Andr     

Family     : Oleaceae

Common Name : കുന്ദം, കസ്തൂരിമുല്ല (Mal)

बन मालती(Hin)

                                Indian jasmine(Eng)

Star jasmine can be thought of as an evergreen, branching vine that can be trained as a shrub, or as a spreading, vine-like shrub. It is usually seen as an open, spreading, weeping (with hanging branches) mound, 3-10 ft tall and just as wide. The stems and leaves are covered with a downy pubescence (micro hair) that gives the plant an overall grayish-green appearance. Leaves are opposite, simple; leaf-stalk 5-10 mm, densely hairy. Leaf blade si ovate-heart-shaped, often broadly so, 3-8 x 1.5-5 cm, papery, with scattered hairy on both surfaces.

Climbing shrubs; young shoots brown tomentose. Leaves simple, opposite, 4-6 x 2-3 cm, ovate to elliptic, base rounded or cordate, apex acute, softly pubescent on both sides; petiole to 1 cm, villous. Flowers in dense-flowered terminal, capitate cymes; bracts leafy, 1-1.5 cm long, linear. Calyx lobes 5, to 1cm long, linear, villous. Corolla white; tube c.1.5 cm long; lobes 6-8, 0.6-1 cm long, ovate-lanceolate, fragrant. Stamens included; anthers oblong. Style filiform; stigma 2-fid. Berry 1-1.3cm long, avoid, dark purple on ripening.


Kundo flowers are used in worship, and are an essential part of a marriage ceremony.


Introduced from West Indies; now naturalised in Western Peninsular India

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