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Cestrum auriculatum
L'Hér., Solanaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  yes

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Common name(s): [more details]

English: orange cestrum

Spanish: dama olorosa, puta, sauco

Habit:  shrub

Description:  "A slender-branched shrub 1-several meters high, glabrous except for the often finely puberulent inflorescence branches and flowers; petioles 1-1.5 cm long, often biauriculate at base, the auricles lunate and as long as or much shorter than the petioles; leaves oblong-ovate or -lanceolate, to 1 dm long or longer, often shorter, more or less acuminate, somewhat narrowed at base; flowers in terminal and axillary corymbose panicles, sessile or scarcely pedicellate, to about 2.5 cm long, yellowish-green with blackish or reddish-brown overtones; calyx glabrous to pubescent, nearly cyathiform, scarcely 2 mm long, the teeth minute; corolla tube filiform, enlarged above, often lightly puberulent, filaments free 1.5-3 mm, glabrous except adnate part, edentate; fruit fleshy, black" (McBride, 1962; pp.93-94).

Habitat/ecology:  (no habitat/ecology info known by PIER)

Propagation:  Seed

Native range:  Ecuador and Peru; cultivated and naturalized elsewhere (GRIN).

Presence:

Pacific
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Ecuador (Galápagos Islands)
San Cristóbal Group
San Cristóbal Island introduced
invasive
cultivated
Charles Darwin Foundation (2008)
Ecuador (Galápagos Islands)
Santa Cruz Group
Santa Cruz Island introduced
invasive
cultivated
Charles Darwin Foundation (2008)
Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Ecuador (Mainland)
Ecuador
Ecuador (Republic of) (continental) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Perú
Perú
Perú (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)


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This page was created on 16 JAN 2004 and was last updated on 10 MAR 2013.