Cestrum racemosum Ruiz & Pav.
SolanaceaePotato Family

Flowering habit
Flowering habit

  - leaves glabrous, lanceolate, with strong rank odor
  - lateral veins sunken above creating a pleated appearance
  - tubular cream-green flowers
  - shiny purple-black elliptic berries

Description: Tree, reproductive at 4-10 m tall, reaching 22 cm dbh, leaves to 5 x 13 cm, alternate and solitary, membranous, lanceolate, lateral veins sunken above creating a bullate appearance, strong rank odor even in undamaged leaves, tubular cream-green flowers 15-18 mm, on short axillary and terminal inflorescences, fruit 6-10 mm, a shiny purple-black elliptic berry.

Similar species
Cestrum megalophyllum
Cestrum lanceleaf

Local distribution: Pacific slope from 1000 to 1400m.

Species range: Belize to Brazil

Habitat: Roadside, forest edge, rarely in forest light gaps.

Greta nero
Greta oto

Phenology: Flower: mar-may. Fruit: apr-jun.

Pollinators: Moths

Seed dispersers: Birds

Comments: Notable for its extremely pungent rank odor. Leaves usually bent upward on the margins forming a V in cross-section.

Credits: Images and text copyright 2002-2006 by William A. Haber, http://efg.cs.umb.edu/