JAZ-mih-num — Latinized form of Persian name … Dave’s Botanary
FLEKS-il-ee or FLEKS-il-ay — flexible … Dave’s Botanary 
Andaman Is.; Assam; China South-Central; India; Myanmar; Sri Lanka; Thailand as per Catalogue of Life;
Indian Subcontinent to China (Yunnan) as per WCSP;

Climbing shrubs; stem glabrous. Leaflets subequal, 10 x 5 cm, ovate-lanceolate, base rounded, apex acuminate, glabrous, acumen curved, lateral nerves 7 pairs; petiolules unequal, middle petiolulate to 2.5 cm long, laterals smaller. Cymes to 15 cm long, terminal, corymbose, peduncled; bracts and bracteoles minute, subulate. Flowers many; pedicels 1.5 cm long; calyx 3 mm long, truncate, glabrous; corolla tube 3 cm long, lobes 13 x 6 mm, oblong, obtuse, white with pink tinge. Berry 10 x 5 mm, oblique-obovoid, black, glabrous.

Flowering and fruiting: October-March
Evergreen, semi-evergreen and shola forests, also in the plains
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)



Date/Time- 9 Jan 2011 03:43 PM
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Meenmutty falls, Waynaad, Kerala
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-, Wild, Western ghats,
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb-Looks like a Shrub, Forest path
Height/Length-approx – 6-8feet
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- Shape – Acuminate, Elliptical, Margin -smooth, 10cms
Inflorescence Type/ Size-
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts – 5cms, White, Petals -5, 5cms, Pedicel – Light green to light pink
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- No fruits
Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.- Buds – Pinkish to Red

Yes, most probably Jasminum flexile Vahl. of Oleaceae family.
J. flexile is a large climber sometime reaches the canopy of huge trees.

Agree with …, Jasminum flexile, most probably J. flexile var ovata?

Jasminum flexile var. ovatum (I hope you meant ovatum not ovata) is become synonym of J. flexile Vahl, according to “the plant list” http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-351955


ANJAN45/45 Jasminum sp. for identification : 10 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (8)

Family: Oleaceae
Date: 11th January 2014
Place: Paripathodu, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala
Habit: Climber

It could be Jasminum coarctatum

Could be Jasminum malabaricum

If it has fragrance it is Juhi.

Thank you ….
As with any Jasminum sp. the first thing I did was to check the smell. Forgot to include this detail in the initial post. There was NO fragrance.

Jasminum species in eFloraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ Biotik/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available) 

The images are of Jasminum flexile var. flexile.

This is Jaminum flexile var. travancorense, not J.flexile var. flexile as suggested by …
See the attached paper for further reading: Attachments (1)

Names of Plants in India :: Jasminum flexile Vahl : 3 posts by 2 authors. 1 image.
via Species‎ > ‎J‎ > Jasminum flexile Vahl … family: Oleaceae

Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
JAZ-mih-num — Latinized form of Persian name … Dave’s Botanary
FLEKS-il-ee or FLEKS-il-ay — flexible … Dave’s Botanary 
commonly known asriver jasminescrambling vine • Kannadaಬಾಣ ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಗಿಡ bana mallige gidaಕಾಡು ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ kaadu malligeನಿತ್ಯ ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ nithya mallige • Malayalam:കാട്ടുമുല്ല kattumulla • Sanskritतरुणि taruniवनमल्लिका vanamallika • Tuluಕಟ್ಟು ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ kattu mallige 
botanical namesJasminum flexile Vahl … synonymsJasminum azoricum var. travancorense (Gamble) M.Mohanan • Jasminum burmannianum Blume • Jasminum flexile var.travancorense Gamble … more at The Plants List (2013). Version 1.1. 
December 16, 2012 … Mavingundi, Shivamogga 

 • Tamilஇராமபாணம் முல்லை ramabanam mullai
Thanks to … for getting to this name in another post.

JAZ-mih-num — Latinized form of Persian name … Dave’s Botanary
FLEKS-il-ee or FLEKS-il-ay — flexible … Dave’s Botanary

commonly known as: river jasmine, scrambling vine • Kannada: ಬಾಣ ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಗಿಡ bana mallige gida, ಕಾಡು ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ kaadu mallige, ನಿತ್ಯ ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ nithya mallige, ನಿಟ್ಟೆ ಮಲ್ಲೆ nitte malle • Malayalam: കാട്ടുമുല്ല kattumulla • Sanskrit: तरुणि taruni, वनमल्लिका vanamallika • Tamil: இராமபாணம் முல்லை ramabanam mullai • Tulu: ಕಾಟ್ಟು ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ kattu mallige

botanical namesJasminum flexile Vahl … heterotypic synonymsJasminum acuminatum B.Heyne ex Wall., nom. nud. • Jasminum azoricum var. travancorense (Gamble) M.Mohanan • Jasminum burmannianum Blume … and more at POWO

READ: The taxonomic confusion of J. flexile and J. azoricum in India … E.S., Santhosh & Sabeena, A. (2013). Taxonomic notes on two Jasminum species (Oleaceae) from India. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 5. 10.13140/2.1.3888.4484.

Bibliography / etymology

~~~~~ ENGLISH ~~~~~
river jasmine, scrambling vine
~~~~~ KANNADA ~~~~~
ಬಾಣ ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಗಿಡ bana mallige gida
ಕಾಡು ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ kaadu mallige
ನಿತ್ಯ ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ nithya mallige
ನಿಟ್ಟೆ ಮಲ್ಲೆ nitte malle
~~~~~ MALAYALAM ~~~~~
കാട്ടുമുല്ല kattumulla
~~~~~ SANSKRIT ~~~~~
तरुणि taruni
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वनमल्लिका vanamallika
~~~~~ TAMIL ~~~~~
இராமபாணம் முல்லை ramabanam mullai
  • The Useful Plants of India by NISCAIR
  • Many thanks to Dr Vijayasankar Raman for help with this name … efloraofindia
~~~~~ TULU ~~~~~
ಕಾಟ್ಟು ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ kattu mallige
~~~~~ DISTRIBUTION in states of India ~~~~~
*Arunachal Pradesh, *Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, *Madhya Pradesh, *Meghalaya, *Odisha, *Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, *Uttar Pradesh

* no given name / no name found, in the regional language(s) of the state

READ: The taxonomic confusion of J. flexile and J. azoricum in India … E.S., Santhosh & Sabeena, A. (2013). Taxonomic notes on two Jasminum species (Oleaceae) from India. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 5. 10.13140/2.1.3888.4484.
~~~~~ x ~~~~~
Names compiled / updated at

Both Malayalam and English name and spelling are correct.


Names of Plants in India :: Tamil name of Jasminum flexile : 6 posts by 2 authors.
Please help me with the name irampanam mullai in Tamil script … ref: ENVIS-FRLHT

I think “irampanam” is not a Tamil word (or at least I don’t know!). Google search shows that it is a name of a place in Kerala. So it could be a Malayalam name.
Mullai (the name usually applied to Jasminum auriculatum) is written as முல்லை

OK, thanks very much, …

I found an entry of ramabanam mullai in The Useful Plants of India published by NISCAIR. Does it help to arrive to any valid spelling ?

Yes, …!

Ramabanam mullai may be written as இராமபாணம் முல்லை.
Although ‘இ’ is prefixed in the Tamil version of ‘Ramabanam’, it is not usually transcribed as ‘I-ramabanam’.
The name ‘irampanam’, which you mentioned in your first email had ‘p’-anam instead of ‘b’-anam changing the meaning from arrow (‘banam’, பாணம்) to drink (‘panam’ பானம்).

Thank you very much …! Great help !!
Will put this name இராமபாணம் முல்லை ramabanam mullai in the database,


Climber for ID: 5 images.

Date/Time- 30-10-2010
Location-  Chirang RF, Assam

Habitat- WILD
Plant Habit- Climber
Leaves  Size- 3-5X 2.5-3cm
Flowers  Colour      White
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- Not seen
Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses  No fragrance

–  Looks like a variety of Jasminum adenophyllum.
Common name: Bluegrape jasmine, Princess jasmine.
There are many variieties of this climber. One has to check the fruits also for confirmation of the identification. Supposed to be endemic to Meghalaya ?

I think closer to images at Jasminum dispermum Wall.

I think this appears close to images at Jasminum flexile Vahl


384 ID wild climber River Jasmine: 20 high res. images.
Please ID wild climber,
Location: near Vannappuram, Thodupuzha, Idukki Dist., Kerala PIN:685607
Altitude: 1500fsl
Flower date: 08NOV2022, 02.40pm
Habitat: wild moisture stream side rocky, shady, tree supported
Plant habit: climbing, creeping, branches, hard lite flaked silverish stem 02cm base diameter, long lasting
Host tree: Wild Olive Tree
Height: 06 meters
Leaves: opposite, tripartite, leaflets elliptic simple glossy acute, wavy margins, glands at base of vien on mid rib, size upto:12×6cm
Flower: axillary spike racemose, clustered, 04-5 petals, diameter:03cm, white, good fragrance
Camera: CANON EOS1500D +FL10x

Jasminum caudatum Wall. ex Lindl.

Yes it is Jasminum caudatum, dear …, thank you very much for ID my plant,

I do not think so.

To me appears close.

Thank you very much for ID. It is very close to J. flexile, but some differences also: most of J. flexile flowers have 5 petals, veins and midrib are more raised in upper epidermis, non visibility of micro glands in midrib in upper epidermis and more elliptic than petals of my plant. Flowers with 5 petals are very rare in my plant.

Yes, there is variation in the number of petals (in general in Jasminum). Also pl. see
That is the closest I could match.

Ok dear …, thank you very much for providing the link.  Then please conclude the ID,

… also identified as J. flexile, when petals are less than or 5, thanks a lot,




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