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Genus: Cestrum

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Solanales > Family: Solanaceae

About 175 species, native to tropical America. Three species have become naturalised in southern Africa. They can be toxic to livestock and all three are declared Category 1 invasive plant in South Africa. An additional seven species and one hybrid are cultivated in the region.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Cestrum aurantiacum

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Cestrum elegans


Cestrum laevigatum

Cestrum ?laevigatum

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Cestrum aurantiacum (Yellow or Orange cestrum)

Native to Guatemala.


Cestrum corymbosum

Native to Brazil.


Cestrum diurnum

Native to West Indies.


Cestrum fasciculatum

Native to Mexico.


Cestrum laevigatum (Inkberry)

Native to Brazil.


Cestrum nocturnum (Lady of the night)

Native to the West Indies.


Cestrum parqui

Native to Chile and Argentina.


Cestrum x cultum



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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