Jasminum odoratissimum L.

Half-hardy evergreen climber with alternate, bluntish, pinnate leaves, with 3 leaflets, and fragrant whitish-yellow flowers.  [Don].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘The flowers of most of the species of Jasmine are odoriferous, trivial names therefore expressive of this quality are ineligible, as wanting character; the present name is peculiarly objectionable, inasmuch as several other species are greatly superior to this point of fragrance: a lesson for Botanists to abstain from trivial names of the superlative degree, such as odoratissimum, foetidissimum, maximum, minimum, etc.  The present species, according to Mr. Aiton, is a native of Madeira, and was cultivated by Mr. Miller, in 1730; it is now a plant common in most greenhouses: it will form a shrub of considerable size, which requires no support.’  [BM t.285/1794].

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1843 catalogue.


Published Jan 20, 2010 - 11:39 AM | Last updated Jul 28, 2010 - 02:42 PM

Figured are pinnate leaves and few-flowered terminal raceme of yellow flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.285, 1794.

Jasminum odoratissimum L. | BM t.285/1794 | BHL

More details about Jasminum odoratissimum L.
Family Oleaceae
Region of origin


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Jasminum odoratissimum 

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