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Wild Jasmine

Wild Jasmine

 This particular plant species is endemic to the Udawalawe National Park and it belongs to the family Oleaceae. This plant is known as "wal pichcha" in Sinhalese and according to the Kerala Forest Research Institute, the flowering season of the plant is between July and January. The scientific name for wild jasmine is 
Jasminum angustifolium. This plant can be found in an evergreen forest as well as in a deciduous forest. One of the places this tree can be easily found is along the banks of streams, such as those in the Udawalawe National Park.


When analysing the appearance of this plant, it is clear that it is one of the smaller types of shrub. More specifically, this plant is classified as a scandent scrub and it can be also defined as a small climbing shrub. The stem of the plant is smooth and the leaves are between 1 cm and 3 cm long. The leaves are oppositely arranged and they are take a shape that is circular to a certain degree. Hindu and Buddhist temple offerings use the flower of this plant and these are also used as garlands.

Globally, wild jasmine is found in Sri Lanka and India. The English term for this plant is wild jasmine Furthermore, the Tamil term for this plant is "Kattumullai" while the Hindi term is "Banmallika". Parts of this plant is used for Ayurveda or traditional medicine. The roots and leaves are used for creating medicine and some ailments treated by these medicine include those related to the stomach.