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  Cestrum elegans
 
  Family: SOLANACEAE
  Citation:  Cestrum elegans (Brongn. ex Neumann) Schltdl., Linnaea 19: 261. 1847. Habrothamnus elegans Brongn. ex Neumann, Ann. Pomone 118. 1844.
  Malayalam Name(s):
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Butterfly Flower
  Description: Shrubs; stem copiously pubescent. Leaves alternate, ca. 8 × 3 cm, ovate or elliptic- lanceolate, acuminate, base truncate, pubescent below; lateral nerves 58 pairs; petiole 6-12 mm. Inflorescences erect, terminal or axillary, congested racemose panicles; bracts ovate, minutely tomentose, 4-5 mm. Pedicel ca. 1 mm. Calyx narrowly campanulate, 6-8 mm, glabrous, unribbed; teeth ca. 3 mm, ciliate. Corolla red, pink, or violet, ca. 2 cm, expanded upward, abruptly contracted at throat, glabrous; lobes deltoid, ca. 2 mm. Filaments glabrous, unappendaged, slightly bent at point of insertion. Fruiting calyx not splitting. Berry dark pink, globose, 0.8-1.3 cm; seeds ca. 8.
  Habit: Climber
  Flowering & Fruiting: January-June
  District(s): Idukki
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Introduced as garden plant, now running wild along the roadsides and scrub jungles in the high ranges
  Distribution: Native of Central America
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Pink, Rose
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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