01-Jun-2010, 8:37:46 am01/06/10
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Yes Kamini is commonly used name for this plant, other names being Mar: Pandari, kunti, marchulajuti; Tel: Nagagolunga, karepaku; Tam: Konji; Kan: Angarakana, gida, pandry; Oriya: Ban mallika, harkankalli; Eng: Orange jessamine.
Yes M. exotica L., now considered as synonym of correct name M. paniculata (L.) Jack. by majority of authors including eflora of Pakistan, GRIN website
Flora of China, however, treats them distinct, although differences are minor:
M. exotica M. paniculata
Trees to 8 m tall Shrubs or trees, 1.8-12 m tall
Leaflets elliptic-obovate or obovate, 0.5-3 cm broad Leaflets suborbicular, to ovate to elliptic, 1.5-6 cm broad
Leaves 3-7-foliate Leaves 2-5-foliate
Sepals 1.5 mm Sepals 2 mm
Petals white, oblong, 1-1.5 cm. Petals white, narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, to 2 cm.
Fruit broadly ovoid, 8-12 × 6-10 mm. Fruit orange to vermilion, narrowly ellipsoid or rarely ovoid
Interestingly if we treat them as distinct species the above plant would belong to M. paniculata, and what I have photographed from Delhi is M. exotica. I am uploading the photographs for comparison.