Cestrum nocturnum

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Cestrum nocturnum L.
  • Common Name : Raat-ni-Rani, Night-blooming Jasmine
  • Plant Family : Solanaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 6, 15
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Ayurvedic Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra

About Cestrum nocturnum Plant :

  • Habit : A small scandent shrub, branches yellowish with lenticels.
  • Leaves : Ovate-oblong, acute, glabrous.
  • Inflorescence : Axillary or terminal cymes
  • Flowers :
    • Individual flowers are supported by a bract.
    • Calyx small, bellshaped.
    • Corolla salver shaped or tubular, yellowish-green, very sweet-smelling at night, lobes 5, margins incurved.
    • Stamens 5, filaments with linear appendages at the base.
    • Ovary 2-celled, seated on a disk, style slender, stigma capitate, above the stamens.
  • Fruit : Berry white, ovoid, many seeded.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : July-November      
  • Significance : Cultivated in the gardens for its small, greenish flowers which are very sweet scented at night.