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Cestrum elegans (Brongn. ex Neumann) Schltdl.
Family Solanaceae
Cestrum elegans (Brongn. ex Neumann) Schltdl. APNI*

Description: Shrub to 5 m high; branchlets, petioles and inflorescence axes sparsely to densely purple-hairy.

Leaves lanceolate, sometimes ovate, 7–11.5 cm long, 2.5–5.5 cm wide, lamina pubescent, soon glabrescent (except on the main veins); petiole 0.5–1.5 cm long.

Inflorescences congested terminal panicles of subspicate racemes; flowers numerous, pedicels 0–0.5 mm long. Calyx 4.5–6 mm long, tube ± glabrous, lobes triangular, to 1.5 mm long. Corolla pink-red to pink-purple; tube ± glabrous, 15–23 mm long, much narrower than the calyx at the base, expanded to c. 5 mm diam. at apex. Staminal filaments 9–12 mm long, swollen and glabrous at base; anthers 1–1.5 mm long.

Berry globose, 8–13 mm diam., dull red.


Flowering: chiefly winter–spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Uncommon garden escape recorded from Wollongong district, the Southern Highlands and at Deervale on the North Coast. Native of Mexico.

Disturbed rainforest margins on basalt.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *CT
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic.
AVH map***

Some plants that are sparingly hairy on the tubular parts of the calyx and corolla may key to this species but represent the progeny of garden hybrids based on C. fasciculatum.

Text by B. J. Conn, revised Peter Wilson
Taxon concept: M. Nee, Flora de Veracruz (1986).

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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