Cestrum diurnum

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Cestrum diurnum L.

Solanaceae

Life form: shrub

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   9

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: oblanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: tubular
Fruit: berry

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Inflorescence: cyme

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Lamiidae
Superordo:
Solananae
Ordo:
Solanales

Cestrum diurnum is a shrub.

Naming

Cestrum diurnum was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Cestrum diurnum is a species in the genus Cestrum which contains approximately 246 to 306 species and belongs to the family of the Solanaceae (Nightshade Family). The type species of the genus is Cestrum nocturnum.

Characteristics

Growth

The shrubs reach heights of 3 to 4 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Cestrum diurnum is evergreen. The simple leaves are alternate. They are oblanceolate, entire and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Cestrum diurnum produces cymes of white tubular flowers from August to October.

The shrubs carry black berries.

Root System

Distribution

Cestrum diurnum is native to the West Indies.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy loam. They tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

The ornamental value of Cestrum diurnum lies especially in its fragrance.

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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