Jasmine is one of those flowers that is commonly found across Goa. But, surprise, surprise, did do you know that 9 varieties of jasmine are found in the state?
1. Jasminum sambac
The Arabian jasmine variety is a common sight in local gardens, and is called mogri in Konkani.
2. Jasminum sambac, Maid of Orleans variety
This is one of the most commonly found varieties, and is in big demand in Goa. The Godess Lairai is adorned with this variety of flowers by devotees, attending the jatra of the goddess at Shirgao.
3. Jasminum sambac, variety 3
Jasminum sambac ‘Grand Duke of Tuscany’ is another variety which is often seen in local gardens.
4. Jasminum sambac, variety 4
The 'Belle of India' elongata variety has elongated buds and petals in the form of a cluster, and hence the reason for its name. It is locally known as Madan baan or kasturi mogri.
5. Jasminum malabaricum
This is a wild variety of jasmine and occurs in the forests of Goa. Locally, people call it kusar, and it is known for its medicinal properties.
6. Jasminum auriculatum
Jasminum auriculatum is a species of jasmine, which blooms at the onset of the monsoons. It has very tiny flowers, and is known as jui in Goa.
7. Jasminum officinale
Jasminum officinale species of jasmine is locally called jai or zayo. This blooms from end July to October, and is highly priced during the Hindu month of shravan. These flowers are used for the famous zayanchi puja at Mardol.
8. Jasminum fluminense
This flower species is similar to that of jui and is locally known as sayali. It is not very popular in Goa.
9. Jasminum multiflorum
Another common variety of jasmine, grown in Goa is the Jasminum multiflorum, which blooms in winter. It is locally called kunda or kuna.