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Red cestrum (Cestrum elegans)

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Scientific name: Cestrum elegans (Brongn. ex Neumann) Schltdl.

Common Name:

Red cestrum


Evergreen shrubs and trees native to the tropical areas in the Americas (particularly Mexico). The species is fairly drought tolerant (Dave’s Garden website). Invades damp schlerophyll forests and riparian vegetation (Carr
et al, 1992). It can invade disturbed riparian environments and cool moist forests in Victoria and NSW (Muyt, 2001) and also invade undisturbed bush (Stewart-Howie, 2003). ALL PLANT PARTS ARE POISONOUS IF INGESTED (O’Hara).
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