Jasminum dichotomum is occasionally found growing in the highlands, St. Lucie county and the southern peninsula of Florida. It is native to tropical Africa but escaped from cultivation. It blooms year round (Wunderlin, 2003).
Scrambling shrub or woody climber, ever-green, to 8 m (26 ft) tall, with climbing stems longer; stems glabrous.
Opposite, appearing simple (unifoliolate), oval to roundish oblong; glossy, leathery, 5–7 cm (2–4 in) long, with short-pointed tips.
White (pink in bud); in clusters at leaf axils; petals fused into a narrow tube to 2.5 cm (1 in) long, with 5–9 terminal lobes about 1.3 cm (0.5 in) long, spreading in star-shaped fashion; quite fragrant, opening at night.
A small, fleshy, roundish, black, 2-lobed berry.
Vigorously invades intact, undisturbed hardwood forests; can climb high into the tree canopy of mature forests, completely enshrouding native vegetation and reducing native plant diversity. FLEPPC Category I
C, SW, SE
Text from Invasive and Non-native Plants You Should Know – Recognition Cards 1
View more information and pictures about gold coast jasmine, as contained in the Langeland/Burks book, Identification & Biology of Non-Native Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas.
View the herbarium specimen image from the University of Florida Herbarium Digital Imaging Projects.