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Jasminum didymum G.Forst. subsp. didymum; the epithet comes from the Greek didymos (double), and alludes to the double or twinned berries.

T: Society Islands, J.R. & G.Forster ; syn: K.

Illustrations: P.S.Green, Allertonia 3: 407, fig. 2A–C (1984); I.Hutton, Lord Howe Is. 135 (1986); J.Brock, Top End Native Pl. 233 (1988).

Scandent shrub 3–4 m tall, sometimes climbing to 15 m. Leaves 3-foliolate, glabrous; leaflets ovate or broadly lanceolate to broadly elliptic-oblong, rounded at base, acute or rounded at apex, usually with tufted domatia in axils of main veins below especially towards leaflet base; terminal leaflet (2–) 3–5 cm long, (1.5–) 2.5–4.5 cm broad; lateral leaflets slightly smaller. Inflorescence in upper leaf axils and terminal on side shoots, cymose, paniculate, (3–) 5–15 cm long, usually many-flowered. Calyx cup-shaped, 1.5 mm long, entire or with 5 obscure teeth. Corolla white, sweetly fragrant; tube 5–6 mm long; lobes ovate, 3–4 mm long, acute to obtuse. Fruit globose, 10 mm long, fleshy, black. 

Lord Howe Is. Widespread at lower altitudes, climbing on bushes and trees. Subspecies didymum extends from Australia (northern W.A., N.T., Qld) to Timor and Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and across the Pacific to Tahiti; the other subspecies are endemic in Australia. Flowers mid Oct.–early May. 

L.H.Is.: SE slope of Malabar, A.N.Rodd 1743 (K, NSW); Transit Hill, J.C.Game 69/325 (K); E side of North Hummock, A.C.Beauglehole 5536 (MEL); Tenth of June Is., J.Pickard 2893 (NSW); s. loc. , C.Moore 3 & 51 (K, MEL).


Data derived from Flora of Australia Volume 49 (1994), a product of ABRS, ©Commonwealth of Australia