Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Shrubs or small trees, glabrous or pubescent with simple, forked or branched hairs. Leaves mostly alternate, sometimes paired, simple, entire, petiolate. Inflorescences axillary or terminal, usually raceme- or panicle-like clusters. Flowers bisexual, regular or slightly zygomorphic, often subtended by a small bract; calyx tubular, 5–7-lobed; corolla tubular or trumpet-shaped (not in Victoria), 5–7-lobed, tube often inflated towards limb, lobes valvate in bud; stamens 5, equal or subequal, inserted on corolla-tube, anthers 2-celled, versatile, included, dehiscing by longitudinal slits; ovary 2-celled, stigma capitate. Fruit a succulent berry; seeds ovoid or angular, usually several.

About 250 species, in tropical Central and South America; 4 species naturalised in Australia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Solanaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Solanales
family Solanaceae
Higher taxa
genus Cestrum
Subordinate taxa