Jasminum sambac

COMMON NAME

Pikake or Arabian jasmine

TYPE

​Shrub

FAMILY

Oleaceae

NOTES

Grows as a twining shrubby vine or if left unsupported, as a sprawling shrub. Plants feature small, waxy, white flowers (1” diameter) in clusters of 3-12 blooms on downy stems clad with broad-ovate, dark green leaves. Flowers are exceptionally fragrant. In Hawaii, the flower is known as pikake, and are used to make fragrant leis.  The name 'pikake' is derived from the Hawaiian word for "Peacock", because the Hawaiian Princess Ka╩╗iulani was fond of both the flowers and the bird.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Eastern Himalayas in Bhutan and neighbouring Bangladesh, India and Pakistan

NATIVE HABITAT

Not known

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

ctahr.hawaii.edu



Jasminum sambac