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Jasminum sambac - Mallika

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Mallika, Jasminum sambac

Mallika is widely cultivated in the tropics, especially in India and adjacent regions to China and southeast Asia. It is valued for the very fragrant, white flowers which are used for decoration and also for medicinal use.


Improves complexion, Dental problems, Headache, Skin problems, Conjunctivitis [1]

Parts Used

Leaf, Flower, Root

Chemical Composition

It contains the following Benzyl acetate, Linalool, Benzyl alcohol, Indole, Benzyl benzoate, Cis-jasmone, Geraniol, Methyl anthranilate.

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Aelusutthina mallige, Chendu mallige, Dundu mallige
Hindi Mogra
Malayalam Cherupiccakam, Nalla-mulla, Nallamalli, Pichakamulla
Tamil Atukkumallikai, Kuntumallikai
Telugu Boddumalle, Gundumalle, Manmathha Baanamunavamallika
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Atigandha, Bhadravalli, Gauri, Malli, Mallika, Mrigeshta, Navamalika
English Arabian jasmine



Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.



Tikta (Bitter), Kashaya (Astringent)


Laghu (Light), Snigdha (Slimy)


Ushna (cold)


Katu (Pungent)


Pitta, Kapha, Vata






Kind Shape Feature
Simple Opposite Leaves opposite or in whorls of three, entire, elliptic or broad elliptic to sub-orbicular, obtuse or acute, very variable in size, up to 9 cm long and 6 cm broad.



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual Terminal cymes White Pedicels up to 6 mm; bracts linear, up to 6 mm long. Calyx teeth 5-9, c. 1 cm long, V-shaped, pubescent. Flowering from January to April


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Berry 6 mm Black when ripe, surrounded by the suberect subulate calyx teeth Fruiting from January to April

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

A Jasmine of the hotter regions. It can be propagated by cuttings, layering, grafting.[4]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Tropical area, Sub tropical area

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