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2. Cestrum nocturnum Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 191. 1753.

夜香树 ye xiang shu

Shrubs erect or sprawling, 1-3 m tall; young growth puberulent, glabrescent. Branches slender. Petiole 0.8-2 cm; leaf blade oblong-ovate or oblong-lanceolate, 6-15 × 2-4.5 cm, entire. Inflorescences drooping, many-flowered, axillary or terminal racemose panicles, 7-10 cm. Flowers strongly night scented. Pedicel 1-5 mm. Calyx campanulate, 2-3 × 1-1.5 mm; lobes deltoid, 0.5-0.8 mm. Corolla greenish or whitish yellow, 1.5-2.5 cm, tube slightly contracted at throat, lobes 3-4 mm. Filaments with dentate appendages, usually puberulent at point of insertion. Ovary ca. l mm. Berry white, juicy, oblong or globose, 6-10 × 4-10 mm. Seeds 1-5, ellipsoid, 3.5-4.5 mm.

Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan [native to America, widely cultivated for ornament in tropical regions].


 

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