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Jasminum grandiflorum
subsp. floribundum

Abyssinian Jasmine, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed on a rocky hillside, heavily grazed by goats and cattle. Eldoret, Kenya. December 2012

The woody stems are slender and flexible and tend to grow up and through adjacent shrubs vine-like and reaching lengths of 2 to 3 meters. Leaves are compound, mostly with 5 leaflets, and opposite on the stems. In addition the leaves are smooth, free of hairs; bitter chemicals may deter grazing animals. In fruit the five sepals are long and linear with fine tips; One or two reddish berries from each flower. Very pleasantly fragrant flowers are tubular, with white lobes and red-tinted base and bud.

Abyssinian Jasmine, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Oleaceae -- Olive Family

see also Forest Jasmine:

Forest Jasmine from Kenya photo © Michael Plagens

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