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  Jasminum sambac 'Arabian Nights'
  Family Name : Oleaceae

  Common Names : Arabian Jasmine, Sambac, Pikake

  Chinese Name : 茉莉

Arabian Jasmine,Sambac,Pikake
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Climber, Vine & Liana, Shrub (Woody)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: It is a shrub with a climbing habit, can grow as a shrub or vine up to 1.5 m long. 
      Foliage: Leaves are light green, paired. 
      Flowers: Fragrant flowers, white, similar shape as 'Maid Of Orleans' but is double-petaled. 
      Fruits: Fruits are small black berries, but seldom seen in cultivation. 
      Similar :
      Very similar with another cultivar J. sambac 'Maid Of Orleans'. It can be distinguished based on these characters below:
      'Maid Of Orleans' have similar petal shape like 'Arabian Nights' but single-flowered (having less number of petals) and their leaves are arranged in pairs.
      Cultivation :
      Grow plants outdoors, this plant can grow under full sun (as a shrub) or shade (as a vine, with bigger and darker leaves). Keep plants on the dry side and avoid soggy conditions, water only when the soil is dry. The soil must be well-drained and moist. Pruning helps to increase flowering as new wood produces new shoots. Fertilize monthly with a balanced fertilizer.
      Etymology :
      The genus Jasminum is latinized from the Persian name, yasemin or Arabic, yasamin, for perfumed plants.
      The specific epithet sambac is an Arabic name, zambac.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      [Others]: The flowers are brewed as tea. Flower buds are sewn and used in garlands (or lei) in India.
  • Landscaping Features
    • Landscaping :
      It is suitable as a houseplant as it can grow under sun or shade. But will flower best under sunny conditions.
      Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Fragrant (Flowers)
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Trellis / Arbour / Pergola, Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Fragrant / Aromatherapy Garden
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Propagation Method :
      Stem Cutting
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Glossy / Shiny
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Ovate)
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      FlowerTexture(s) :
      Smooth, Waxy
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Individual Flower Shape :
      Flowering Period :
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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