White Jasmine Flower

White Jasmine Flower

White Jasmine Flower
Copyright © 2014 Will Chen.

Closeup monochrome photo of a white jasmine flower in bloom.  I took this shot at Baybridge Park in Westchase in 2012.  There is nothing more fragrant than a jasmine flower in bloom.  I also have jasmine growing next to the sidewalk in front of my house which I can enjoy all year round.

Jasmine (taxonomic name Jasminum /ˈiæsmɨnəm/) is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family (Oleaceae). It contains around 200 species native to tropical and warm temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Jasmines are widely cultivated for the characteristic fragrance of their flowers.

Jasmines can be either deciduous (leaves falling in autumn) or evergreen (green all year round), and can be erect, spreading, or climbing shrubs and vines. Their leaves are borne opposite or alternate. They can be simple, trifoliate, or pinnate. The flowers are typically around 2.5 cm (0.98 in) in diameter. They are white or yellow in color, although in rare instances they can be slightly reddish. The flowers are borne in cymose clusters with a minimum of three flowers, though they can also be solitary on the ends of branchlets. Each flower has about four to nine petals, two locules, and one to four ovules. They have two stamens with very short filaments. The bractsare linear or ovate. The calyx is bell-shaped. They are usually very fragrant. The fruits of jasmines are berries that turn black when ripe.

 

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasmine