Cestrum parqui L’Hér.

Green Poison-berry

Stirp. Nov. fasc. 4: 74 (1788) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Malodorous shrub to 3 m high, new growth and leaf-axils minutely pubescent or glabrescent. Leaves narrow-elliptic to lanceolate, mostly 2–7 cm long, 1–3 cm wide, glabrous, apex acute to acuminate, base attenuate, margins more or less entire; petiole to 10 mm long. Inflorescence terminal, congested, panicle-like. Flowers sessile or with pedicels to 10 mm long; calyx tubular, 3–6 mm long, lobes acute, 1–2 mm long; corolla 18–25 mm long, greenish-yellow, tube 1–1.5 mm diam. at base, 3–4 mm diam. at apex, lobes lanceo-late, 3.5–7 mm long, hairy outside, expanding in the evening; stamens inserted near middle of tube; filaments 6–7 mm long; style 17–18 mm long. Berry more or less ovoid, 8–15 mm long, black; seeds c. 10, angular, 3–5 mm long, dark brown. Flowers mainly spring–autumn.

*CVU, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *HNF, *HSF, *MuF, *NIS, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW. Native to South America. Widely cultivated as a garden plant and occasionally naturalised in Victoria where declared a noxious weed.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-06-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Solanales
family Solanaceae
genus Cestrum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Cestrum parqui in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cestrum parqui in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales