Night blooming jassamine (Cestrum nocturnum) is a single or multi-stemmed evergreen shrub or small tree. It is native to South America but was introduced as an ornamental in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. It blooms fragrant, greenish-white to yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers in stalked clusters. These flowers are known for their intense fragrance during the night. The shrub has shiny, green, lance-shaped and smooth-edged leaves. It produces globose berries which are small and white, or occasionally black, red, purple or green. C. nocturnum is considered an invasive plant in many regions, where it has escaped cultivation and now actively forms dense thickets in the wild.
C. nocturnum leaves contain atropine-like anti-cholinergic alkaloids. Anticholinergic alkaloids can cause dysphagia and dysphonia, tachycardia, and urinary retention.
- Increased Heart Rate
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Kidney Damage
- Elevation In Body Temperature
- Dry Skin
- Abnormal Behavior