Scientific Name:
Jasminum mesnyi Hance
Vernacular Name(s):
Primrose jasmine; Yellow jasmine

Evergreen, almost glabrous, suberect or rambling shrub; stems long, green, angular, arching. Lvs opposite, 3-foliolate; petiole 1–1.5 cm long. Terminal leaflet shortly petiolulate, 3–7 × 1–2 cm, lanceolate to elliptic, entire; base narrow-cuneate; apex mucronate; lateral leaflets sessile, smaller, but otherwise similar. Fls solitary, on short peduncles bearing several leafy bracts to c. 1 cm long. Calyx 7–10 mm long, divided almost to base; lobes lanceolate or narrow-elliptic, glabrate or puberulent above, acute or mucronulate. Corolla c. 3 cm long, yellow, semi-double; tube c. 1 cm long, narrow-funnelform; lobes each divided up to 10 times, mostly 1.5–2 cm long, broad-elliptic, glabrous, almost patent, with rounded apex. Style = length of tube. Fr. not seen.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Jan.–Dec.