Volkameria inermis L.

Etymology Genus After the botanist Johann Georg Volkamer
Species Not spiny
Family Lamiaceae
Synonyms Clerodendrum inerme (L.) Gaertn.
Common Names Wild Jasmine, Seaside Clerodendrum
Status Native: Common
Form Shrub
Native Distribution China, Japan, Indian Subcontinent, Indochina, Malesia, Pacific Islands, Australia


A common shrub found in coastal areas, with droopy branches. The leaves are opposite, ovate or elliptic. The flowers are white petaled, tubular, and with very long red-purple stamens. Parts of the twigs and petioles might be purple too.

Interesting Facts:

From Giesen et al. (2006), a concoction from the leaves is used to treat wounds, and as an appetizer dish in Indonesia.  The fruit is also used to treat dysentery.

A small cluster of Seaside Clerodendrum at Punggol Beach, 2020.


Leaf upper and lower surfaces.

A branch.



Giesen W, Wulffraat S, Zieren M &  Scholten L (2006) Mangrove guidebook for Southeast Asia. RAP Publication 2006/07. FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and Wetlands International. Bangkok. 769 pp.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2020-02-23 / Modified: 2020-02-25