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Gold Coast Jasmine

Jasminum dichotomum

Gold Coast Jasmine, Jasminum dichotomum, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at Open woodland in the Kerio Valley, Kenya. December 2015.

The flowers with long white tubes are fragrant and have six or more narrow lobes. The dark, glossy-green leaves are simple (not compound) and arranged opposite on the stems. The stems are woody and twine around supporting vegetation. This plant is native to East Africa but has been introduced to tropical/subtropical areas around the world and in many cases it has become an unwanted invasive. Only in hindsight have people realized that even attractive plants must not be moved from place to place without very careful consideration.

Oleaceae -- Olive Family

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