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2. Cestrum diurnum L., Sp. Pl. 191. 1753. Bailey, l.c.; Bor & Raizada, l. c. 118.

Vern.: ‘Din-ka-raja’.


A shrub or small tree up to 4 m tall, branched. Leaves 4.5-12.5 x 2.5-4.0 cm, elliptic-lanceolate to oblanceolate. Flowers in extra-axillary peduncles. Calyx lobes shallowly obtuse, minutely ciliate. Corolla infundibuliform, lobes reflexed, obtuse. Berry ± globose, black.

Fl. Per.: January-April, also August-October.

Lectotype: Described from Chilli, Havana. Hb. Linn. 258/4 (LINN).

Distribution: A native of W. Indies, cultivated elsewhere.

Occasionally cultivated for its sweet scented white flowers.


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