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Trachelospermum jasminoides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Trachelospermum
Species: T. jasminoides
Binomial name
Trachelospermum jasminoides
(Lindl.) Lem.

Rhynchospermum jasminoides Lindl.

Trachelospermum jasminoides is a species of flowering plant in the milkweed family, Apocynaceae, that is native to eastern and southeastern Asia, into Japan, Korea, southern China, and Vietnam. Common names include Star Jasmine and Trader's Compass.[1][2]

It is an evergreen woody liana growing to 10 m high. The leaves are opposite, oval to lanceolate, 2-10 cm long and 1-4.5 cm broad, with an entire margin and an acuminate apex. The flowers are white, 1–2 cm diameter, with a tube-like corolla opening out into five petal-like lobes. The fruit is a slender follicle 10-25 cm long and 3-10 mm broad, containing numerous seeds.[1]

Cultivation and uses

A perfume is extracted from the flowers, and a bast fibre from the stems.[1]

It is commonly grown as an ornamental plant, particularly in the southeastern United States.[3]. It gets one of its common names, Trader's Compass, due to an old Uzbekistan legend that said it pointed traders in the right direction if they were of good character.



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From Wikispecies

Trachelospermum jasminoides


Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Euasterids I
Ordo: Gentianales
Familia: Apocynaceae
Subfamilia: Apocynoideae
Tribus: Apocyneae
Genus: Trachelospermum
Species: Trachelospermum jasminoides
Varietas: T. j. var.  jasminoides - T. j. var.  pubescens


Trachelospermum jasminoides (Lindl.) Lem., Jard. Fleur. 1: , pl. 61. 1851.


Rhynchospermum jasminoides Lindl., Journ. Hort. Soc. 1. 1846.


  • Jardin Fleuriste; Journal General des Progres et des Interets Horticoles et Botaniques. Ghent 1: t. 61. 1851
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Data from 07-Oct-06]. [1]

Vernacular names

English: Star-jasmine or Confederate-jasmine
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