Description: Shrubs or climbers.
Leaves opposite or rarely alternate, either 3-foliolate or 1-foliolate and appearing simple, glabrous to pubescent, margins entire.
Inflorescences axillary or terminal trichotomous panicles or cymes, or rarely flowers solitary. Flowers bisexual, heterostylous, usually sweetly fragrant. Calyx small, campanulate with usually 4 or 5 small ± triangular or filiform lobes. Corolla tube cylindrical, 4–10-lobed, white. Stamens 2, included in corolla tube. Ovary 2-locular, rounded or notched with the style arising from the notch; stigma minutely 2-lobed.
Fruit a berry, 2-lobed to the base or entire by the abortion of one carpel.
Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 300 species, tropical & subtropical regions, except North America. Australia: c. 8–10 species (5 or 6 species endemic), Qld, N.S.W., N.T., S.A., W.A.
Text by D. W. Hardin
Taxa not yet included in identification key
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|1||Leaves simple or 1-foliolate||2|
|2||Leaves ovate to lanceolate, more than 10 mm wide; petioles 5–10 mm long; fruit 10–12 mm long; style 10–13 mm long||Jasminum volubile|
|Leaves linear to narrow-elliptic, less than 10 mm wide; petioles 1–3 mm long; fruit 7–8 mm long; style 5–7 mm long|
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|3||Leaflets ovate, more than 8 mm wide, base obtuse, rounded or truncate; inflorescences usually 1–5-flowered||Jasminum singuliflorum|
|Leaflets linear to narrow-lanceolate, less than 6 mm wide, base attenuate into petiole; inflorescences 5–15-flowered|
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