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Night blooming jessamine

Night blooming jessamine shrub close up of flowers of the Night blooming jessamine close up of a fruit of the Night blooming jessamine
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 Common name   Night blooming jessamine
 Botanical name   Cestrum nocturnum
 Other common names   Lady of the Night
Family   Solanaceae
 General description   An ornamental evergreen shrub to 4m tall.
Flowers   The flowers are tubular, greenish-white to cream coloured, about 2.5cm long, and are clustered in the axil of leaves. The flowers are very fragrant at night.
Leaves   The leaves are shiny, 10-20cm long and about 3cm wide, and have an unpleasant odour when crushed.
 Fruit/Berries   The fruit are globular berries, green when immature, and black when ripe.
Other   The sap is clear.
Symptoms   All parts of the plant are toxic, especially the fruit, and can cause elevated temperature, rapid pulse, excess salivation and gastritis. The nocturnal fragrance can cause difficulty in breathing, irritation of the nose and throat, sneezing, intense headache, nausea and dizziness. Respiratory symptoms have also been reported from close proximity to the flowers.
Toxicity category   2, 4
Warning   Seek urgent medical attention for all ingestions.

Last Updated: 24 August 2010
Last Reviewed: 31 October 2008