Cestrum elegans (Brongn. ex Neumann) Schltdl.

Elegant Poison-berry

Linnaea 19: 261 (1846) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Shrub to 3 m high, all parts softly pubescent. Leaves broad-lanceolate or ovate, mostly 5–17 cm long, 2–9 cm wide, pubescent on both surfaces, apex acute, base obtuse, margins more or less entire. Inflorescence terminal, a congested panicle of subspicate racemes, covered with purplish hairs. Flowers sessile or subsessile; calyx tubular, 6–8 mm long, lobes acuminate, to 3 mm long; corolla 17–25 mm long, reddish, tube 1–1.5 mm diam. at base, c. 5 mm diam. at apex, lobes triangular, 2.5–4 mm long; stamens inserted just below middle of tube; filaments c. 10 mm long; style c. 17 mm long. Berry more or less globose, c. 10 mm diam., red; seeds 2–7, more or less ovoid, 2.5–4 mm long, black. Flowers autumn–spring.

*CVU, *GipP, *HSF, *Strz. Also naturalised Qld, NSW. Native to Mexico. Commonly grown as an ornamental and naturalised in moist forests of the Dandenong and Strzelecki Ranges (and probably other high-rainfall districts).

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 elegans in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cestrum elegans in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales