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Jasminum abyssinicum

Forest Jasmine, Jasminum abyssinicum, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at Kakamega Forest, Kenya. December 2014.

Woody stems may clamber up through the forest understory several meters. Leaves are trifoliate - i.e. compound with three leaflets. The ends of the dark green, glossy leaflets are drawn out into drip tips. The small bumps that can be seen on these leaves represent pits on the undersides of the leaves called domatia. The flowers with long white tubes are fragrant.

Oleaceae -- Olive Family

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Forest Jasmine from Kenya photo © Michael Plagens

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