Scientific Name:
Cestrum nocturnum L., Sp. Pl. 191 (1753)
Vernacular Name(s):
Night-scented Jessamine; Queen of the night

Shrub, generally 1.5–2.5 m high, almost glabrous. Petiole c. 1 cm long. Lamina 5–15 × 1.5–6 cm, elliptic to elliptic-ovate, glabrous or with minute puberulence when young; base cuneate to rounded, sometimes asymmetric; apex abruptly acuminate. Panicle open, large; fls usually shortly pedicellate, sometimes subsessile, fragrant nocturnally. Calyx 2–3 mm long; lobes > 1 mm long, ± triangular, densely ciliolate, acute. Corolla 1.5–2 cm long, pale green or greenish white; tube cylindric to narrow-funnelform, widening slightly above; lobes 3 mm long, eventually spreading, glabrous except for shortly villous margins. Fr. c. 0.5–1 cm diam., globose to ellipsoid, white, glossy.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Nov.–Mar.

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