Synonyms: Nyctanthes sambac L.
Nyctanthes undulata L.
Family: Oleaceae - Olive family
Growth Habit: Vine, Shrub
Bangla/Vernacular Name: Beli, Banmallika, Malshi, Mogra
Tribal Name: Mulipai (Chakma), Chioy, Goarung (Marma), Pra-Pang-Pao (Murang).
English Name: Arabian Jasmine, Sambac Jasmine, Tuscan Jasmine.
An ever green shrub erect or somewhat climbing. Leaves simple, opposite, usually ovate, even orbicular. Flowers white, very fragrant in axillary, solitary or 3-flowered cymes. Carpels black.
Flowers yield an essential oil rich in linalool, benzyl acetate, cis-jasmone and sesquiterpene. Indole, pyridine and nicotine derivatives have been reported in this plant. Tetrameric iridoid glycoside, sambacosides A, E and F, are present in the leaves. The glycosides, ß-primeveroside and ß-rutinoside, have been isolated from the flower buds (Ghani, 2003).
Commonly cultivated in gardens.
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