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Cestrum elegans

Higher Taxonomy
Family: SolanaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to shrub. Leaf: generally simple, generally alternate, generally petioled; stipules 0; blade entire to deeply lobed. Inflorescence: various. Flower: bisexual; calyx lobes generally 5; corolla +- radial, cylindric to rotate, lobes generally 5; stamens 5, on corolla tube, alternate lobes; ovary superior, generally 2-chambered, style 1. Fruit: berry, loculicidal or septicidal capsule, [(drupe)], 2--5-chambered.
Genera In Family: 75 genera, 3000 species: worldwide, especially +- tropics; many alien weeds in California; many cultivated for food, drugs, or ornamental (potato, tomato, peppers, tobacco, petunia). Toxicity: many TOXIC. Note: Nicandra physalodes (L.) Gaertn. is a waif.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael H. Nee
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: CestrumView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Shrub; hairs branched or not. Leaf: entire, glabrous to hairy. Inflorescence: panicle. Flower: corolla narrowly funnel-shaped; stamens included, filaments equal or not. Fruit: berry, +- dry or not.
Species In Genus: 250 species: tropical America. Etymology: (Greek: derivation unknown)

Cestrum elegans (Brongn.) Schltdl.
Habit: < 3 m; hairs soft, +- dense, especially on axes. Stem: often with purple hairs. Leaf: 4--13 cm, +- ovate, acuminate. Inflorescence: < 10 cm, +- head-like, 5--10-flowered. Flower: calyx 8--9 mm; corolla 15--25 mm, bright red, lobes 2--2.5 mm. Fruit: 15 mm, red, white-spongy inside. Seed: +- 10, 2.5--4 mm, dark brown.
Ecology: Disturbed areas; Elevation: < 1000 m. Bioregional Distribution: n NCo, SnFrB, expected elsewhere; Distribution Outside California: native to Mexico. Flowering Time: Feb--Aug
Synonyms: Cestrum fasciculatum (Schltdl.) Miers, misappl.;
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael H. Nee
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Citation for this treatment: Michael H. Nee 2012, Cestrum elegans, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on January 21, 2018.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2018, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on January 21, 2018.

Geographic subdivisions for Cestrum elegans:
n NCo, SnFrB, expected elsewhere;
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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Duplicates counted once; synonyms included.
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Blue line denotes eFlora flowering time.