Preferred Scientific Name
- Cestrum aurantiacum Lindl.
Preferred Common Name
- orange cestrum
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The following summary is from Witt and Luke (2017):
Evergreen much-branched, half-climbing shrub [1–2 (–6) m high]; stems and leaves sparsely hairy, bruising easily, emitting an unpleasant smell.
Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua.
Reason for Introduction
Hedge/barrier and ornament.
Roadsides, disturbed land, plantations, drainage ditches, forest edges/gaps, woodlands, savannah, riparian vegetation and gullies.
Readily ‘climbs’ into trees and over shrubs, smothering native vegetation and impoverishing biodiversity. C.aurantiacum is toxic to people and to livestock and has caused numerous cattle deaths. Consumption of the unripe berry is fatal to sheep, and the leaves can lead to nonfatal poisoning.
The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.Last updated: 17 Feb 2021
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Witt, A., Luke, Q., 2017. Guide to the naturalized and invasive plants of Eastern Africa, [ed. by Witt, A., Luke, Q.]. Wallingford, UK: CABI.vi + 601 pp. http://www.cabi.org/cabebooks/ebook/20173158959 doi:10.1079/9781786392145.0000
Witt A, Beale T, Wilgen B W van, 2018. An assessment of the distribution and potential ecological impacts of invasive alien plant species in eastern Africa. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa. 73 (3), 217-236. DOI:10.1080/0035919X.2018.1529003
Witt A, Luke Q, 2017. Guide to the naturalized and invasive plants of Eastern Africa. [ed. by Witt A, Luke Q]. Wallingford, UK: CABI. vi + 601 pp. http://www.cabi.org/cabebooks/ebook/20173158959 DOI:10.1079/9781786392145.0000
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