Cestrum nocturnum L., Sp. Pl. 191 1753. (Syn: Cestrum foetidissimum Jacq.; Cestrum graciliflorum Dunal; Cestrum hirtellum Schltdl.; Cestrum leucocarpum Dunal; Cestrum multiflorum Roem. & Schult.; Cestrum nocturnum var. mexicanum O.E.Schulz; Cestrum propinquum M.Martens & Galeotti; Cestrum salicifolium Hort. Monsp. ex Dun. (ambiguous synonym); Cestrum scandens Thibaud ex Dunal; Cestrum spicatum Mill.; Cestrum suberosum Jacq.; Cestrum yucatanense Francey );
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as per Catalogue of life;
Night-blooming Cestrum, Lady of the Night, Queen of the Night, Night-blooming jessamine, Rat ki rani रात की रानी (Hindi), Thabal lei (Manipuri), Hasna hana (Bengali), Raatrani रातराणी (Marathi, Konkani);
A spreading shrub with greenish white flowers with spreading to erect corolla lobes, blooming at night. 



Solanaceae Week: Cestrum nocturnum from Delhi: Cestrum nocturnum L.,  Sp. pl. 1:191. 1753
syn: Cestrum suberosum Jacq.


A spreading shrub with greenish white flowers with spreading to erect corolla lobes, blooming at night. Commonly grown in Delhi and elsewhere.

Common names: Night jessamine; lady-of-the-night
Hindi: Raat ki raani 



Raat ki raani!: http://mariannedenazareth.blogspot.com/

Just sharing the surprise that my Raat ki Rani gave me!


SYMBIOSIS 392 : Attachments (1).  1 post by 1 author.

Attaching an image of male Common Mormon butterfly on the flowers of Cestrum nocturnum



What plant/ABDEC33 : 9 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5).
I saw it growing out of a wall in town behind a roadside stall. Please help identify it.
The leaves are about 6 in long.
Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
17 December 2014

This is Cestrum nocturnum, “Raat Ki Raani“….a great refreshener through its superb fragrance, more so in evenings and before midnight…

could be

But when I first saw it I had felt that the flowers were perhaps tad bit too big size of the face.. and length etc

would help me resolve my doubts

I think … is right still I have my original thoughts

Thank you … …, I will get a rough measurement of the flower today but my guess would be about 20-30mm across at face and 40-50mm long stem.

if flower is 50 mm its not raat rani
raat rani flowers are less then 8 to 10 mm across at the most



Here we go. As suspected my estimates were awful.
3 images

… is right. lets wait for him to comment


HAL 32 2014/12/18: 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Please ID this small shrub with fruits. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in Mar 2013.

Probably Cestrum nocturnum


Solanaceae Fortnight: Solanaceae of Indonesia 3 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)

I send you Cestrum nocturnum



Solanaceae Fortnight: Cestrum nocturnum L. Feb2015sk05/22 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

This is a cultivated scandent shrub. Flowers are not fragrant during the daytime, but surely fragrant in the evening. Using KEY in FoP it seems to be Cestrum nocturnum L.

Photographed on 25 & 26/7/12.

Nice photographs



Cestrum nocturnum L.
at Vaghbil, Thane on January 6, 2007
at Zirad, near Alibag on January 24, 2009
at Native Place (holiday resort near Kamshet) on May 2, 2008 
at Mercara on March 30, 2011

The pictures stand out !!


Cestrum nocturnum L.,  Sp. pl. 1:191. 1753
syn: Cestrum suberosum Jacq.

A spreading shrub with greenish white flowers with spreading to erect corolla lobes, blooming at night.
Commonly grown in Delhi and elsewhere.
Common names: Night jessamine; lady-of-the-night

Hindi: Raat ki raani



Solanaceae Fortnight::Cestrum nocturnum Feb NSJ-04 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Cestrum nocturnum (Raat Rani)

Yes … Nice photographs


Attached are pictures of Cestrum nocturnum captured at Mumbai in October 2012.



This is a very commonly planted shrub, for its very sweetly scented flowers emitting fragrance in the evening..

Cestrum nocturnum…”Raat ki Rani

Cestrum nocturnum: Pune
Cestrum nocturnum (Raatrani) at Mumbai.




Solanaceae Fortnight: Cestrum nocturnum : at Mumbai : PKA-FEB30/30 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Photos of “fruits of Cestrum nocturnum (Solanaceae Family) i.e. Ratrani“.

rare sight

Thanks … for fruit pics, which are rare to see..

Commonly known as Night Bloomng Jasmine from our home garden in Nasik.

Solanaceae Fortnight: Cestrum nocturnum: RVS07 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)

Here are pictures of Cestrum nocturnum growing in the medicinal plant garden of University of Mississippi.

raat rani

very fragrant and nice pictures, … but the pollen is also highly allergenic, I learned it the hard way..

never plant it near your bedroom or study window if you tend to keep them open at night…

I was going thru the allied flowersofindia website on the Solanaceae family and many popular species like Chili (Capsicum frutescens), Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum), Night Blooming Jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum), Datura (Datura innoxia) are labeled “Native” while less popular cousins are either “Introduced” or “Naturalised”. Wikipedia mentions these species as native to the Americas and globalized only after the conquest of the New World by Europeans.
What is the opinion of the experts here on the native range of these species?

question on flowering of cestrum nocturnum – रात राणी in Mumbai/INDIA: Request to tell us about flowering period of Cestrum Nocturnum in India mainly in Mumbai,
my colleage has planted this in her garden pot & is flowering now and so curious to know through “me”
is there any specific (natural) period?

–  In my garden this plant used to have flower throughout the year. But flowers were luxuriant during rainy season. And as the name suggests, this blooms at night. This is a water loving plant I assume and hence needs watering everyday. That may enhance flowering in your area.

With some experience in horticulture I can  say that generally watering does not enhance flowering. What is needed is optimum moisture content in the soil. In fact for all the annual seasonal flowering plants, the horticulturist advise the growers to withhold water at the time of flowering. This is my experience too. Furthermore, many of the plants do not flower properly during rainy season due to improper sunlight. Of course there are exceptions. This particular plant might fall in that group.

It flowers all the year round with more profuse in rainy season and summer as rightly pointed out by … Light pruning after the flush is over should be beneficial.

– I dont know about .. comments. True that flowers like Bauhinia flower more profusely when water is withheld during the bloom time. For seasonal plants also copious watering may not be desirable. But I saw for
Jasminum sambac that watering everyday and removing the bloomed flowers everyday is good for flowering. Of course it needs pruning at the end of winter.

Cestrum nocturnum flowers almost through out year but more profuse during monsoon.

Cestrum nocturnum L. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)
Location: Lakeside, Pokhara, Nepal
Date: 13 April  2017
Altitude: 2600 ft.
Nepali Names : बासना Baasanaa / हसिना Hasinaa / हसना Hasanaa

Cestrum nocturnum L. : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)- around 1600 kb each.

Location: Ranibari, Kathmandu
Date: 10 September  2019
Elevation: 1370 m.
Habitat : wild.

Attachments (2)- 1 & 5 mb.

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Attachments (1)- 6 mb.

Hasna hena in bangla. raat rani in gujarati.

nice but the flowers should be gregariously profuse. don’t know why they are so sparse

In Nepali also same name including some more ! Cestrum nocturnum L.













Dattaji Salvi Udyan  Thane

Date: January 11, 2020 … Altitude: about 11 m (36 feet) asl  
Cestrum nocturnum  L.

SL 221 131213 : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 3 authors.
Please ID this small medicinal plant. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in Sep 2012.


Looks like different sp.

Looks like Cestrum nocturnum 


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