Cestrum aurantiacum Lindl.

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Cestrum aurantiacum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR, Harare

Cestrum aurantiacum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR, Harare

Cestrum aurantiacum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

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Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Introduced
Evergreen, somewhat scrambling shrub or small tree. The flowers have an overpowering citrus-like smell, particularly at night. Fruits white.
Notes: It was introduced as a garden ornamental but is now a slightly invasive invasive weed in wetter parts of the country.
Derivation of specific name: aurantiacum: orange-flowered
Habitat: In woodland and riverine forest, often with other exotic species
Altitude range: (metres) 1210 - 1530 m
Flowering time:All year
Worldwide distribution: Native to Tropical America from Guatemala to Venezuela.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Rhodogastria amasis (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 22 July 2006

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 273.

Gonçalves, A.E. (2005). Solanaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(4) Page 11.

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Pages 44 - 45. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cestrum aurantiacum
African Plant Database: Cestrum aurantiacum
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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cestrum aurantiacum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cestrum aurantiacum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cestrum aurantiacum
JSTOR Plant Science: Cestrum aurantiacum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cestrum aurantiacum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cestrum aurantiacum
Plants of the World Online: Cestrum aurantiacum
Tropicos: Cestrum aurantiacum
Wikipedia: Cestrum aurantiacum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cestrum aurantiacum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150840, retrieved 24 October 2020

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