Cestrum diurnum

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Cestrum diurnum L.
  • Synonyms : Cestrum album Ferrero ex Dun.,Cestrum pallidum Lam.
  • Common Name : Divas no Raja, Day Jasmine
  • Plant Family : Solanaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Van Chetana Kendra, Aranya Van

About Cestrum diurnum Plant :

  • Habit : An erect shrub, branches with white lenticels, young parts glandular.
  • Leaves : Dark green above, pale below, ovate-lanceolate, obtuse, glabrous.
  • Inflorescence : Axillary cymes.
  • Flowers :
    • White, sweet-scented.
    • Calyx small, 5-lobed and 5-ribbed, ciliate.
    • Corolla tubular, lobes 5, very reflexed or recurved.
    • Stamens 5, brown, included.
    • Ovary 2-celled, seated on a disk, style slender, stigma capitate.
  • Fruit : Berry globose, many seeded.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : July - October
  • Significance : Cultivated in the gardens for its flowers which are sweet scented during day.