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Common Name : Indian Jasmin     -       Scientific Name : Jasminum auriculatum (Oleaceae)       -       Other Name : Wal Saman Pichcha
Kuruttupandi Villu
11/23/2013
Kuruttupandi Villu
11/23/2013
Kuruttupandi Villu
11/23/2013

This is a native shrub, which is also found in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Andaman Islands.

The conservation status of this species is regarded as “Least Concerned”. (National List 2012).

This is a species, which is found in most dry zone forests. The flowers have a very sweet gardenia type fragrance.

This plant is cultivated in India to extract jasmine oil from the flowers. These flowers are also used as offerings at most Indian religious ceremonies.

Despite being considered as a common species in the dry lowland forests these flowers are not commonly seen at Wilpattu as “wekanda” Jasminum angustifolium that is quite commonly seen from August to October.

I have observed the flowers of this species at Kuruttupandi Villu and Borupan Wila during the month of October.