Flora of Barro Colorado Island

Cestrum nocturnum

L., Sp. Pl. 191. 1753

Dama de noche

Shrub or small tree, to 5 m tall. Leaves alternate; petioles ca 1 cm long; blades ovate, acute to acuminate, obtuse to rounded at base, to 11 cm long, to 5.5 cm wide, minutely puberulent when young, glabrous in age. Panicles axil­lary or terminal, congested; peduncles with scattered leaf-­like bracts; pedicels to 4 mm long, with minute bracteoles; flowers 5-parted; calyx campanulate, puberulent, 2 mm long; corolla greenish to yellowish-white, 14-17 mm long, glabrous outside; stamens equal; filaments ca 3 mm long, dentate near point of insertion; stigma slightly exserted. Berries ellipsoid, to 10 mm long, black at      ma­turity; seeds not studied. Bangham 429.

Collected once on the shore. Seasonal behavior uncer­tain. According to our records, flowers mostly in the dry season, but also in August.

Native to the Antilles, but cultivated and escaped in many other places in tropical America. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone and Bocas del Toro and from tropical wet forest in Colón and Chiriqui.

Photos from STRI Digital Archive

  • Cestrum nocturnum
  • Cestrum nocturnum Flower
  • Cestrum nocturnum Flower