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Nyctanthes L.

Protologue: Sp. Pl. 1: 6 (1753)

Type species: Nyctanthes arbor-tristis L.

Synonyms: Bruschia, Nictanthes, Nyctanthos, Pariaticu, Parilium, Scabrita

Distribution: E Asia

Number of species: 2(-3), other species have been transferred to Jasminum

Description (from Brandis 1906): A large deciduous shrub or small tree, branches quadrangular, rough all over with an uneven epidermis and stiff white hairs. Leaves ovate, acuminate, entire or with a few large distant teeth. Flowers sessile, in pedunculate bracteate fascicles of 3-5, arranged in short trichotomous cymes. Calyx campanulate, indistinctly dentate, corolla-lobes 5-8, white, crenate or emarginate, contorted in bud. Anthers sessile in the orange-coloured corolla-tube. Capsule chartaceous, flat, splitting into two 1-seeded cells, cotyledons flat, radicle inferior, albumen 0.

Note: Previously included in Verbenaceae, together with Dimetra.

Species list

Nyctanthes aculeata Craib
Nyctanthes arbor-tristis L.
(Nyctanthes dentata Blume)



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