Cestrum nocturnum L.

  • Family : SOLANACEAE
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Solanaceae
  • Species : Cestrum nocturnum
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Cestrum nocturnum L.
  • Common name : Night Jessamine, Queen of the night, Lady of the night
  • Vernacular name : Rat-ki-rani (Hin.)
  • Key identification features : A shrub up to 12 ft high with smooth, angled branchlets. Leaves are thin, ovate, short-pointed, more or less shiny on both sides. Flowers are in clusters, tubular, 3-3.5 cm long, greenish-white to cream coloured, and intensely fragrant at night.
  • Habit : Shrub
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the Year
  • Native : West Indies, Central America
  • Comments : Planted in gardens. Flowers bloom in the night and are strongly sweet-scented.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • World Distribution : Cultivated in most parts of the world.
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 2 ; R. S. Rao et al., 1986 - Flora of West Godavari District ; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Arun Singh R., Deepak Kumar, Raja K Swamy and Navendu Page (2016). Digital Flora of Eastern Ghats. http://easternghats.ces.iisc.ernet.in/plants.php?name=Cestrum nocturnum. Downloaded on 11 August 2020.


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