Cestrum nocturnum L. - syn. Cestrum suberosum Jacq. - Solanaceae
night-blooming jasmine, night-blooming cestrum, Nachtjasmin
Evergreen woody shrub, up to 4m high, native to the West Indies, naturalized in South Asia, cultivated as ornamental; leaves simple, narrow lanceolate, up to 20cm long; flowers greenish-white or yellowish, with slender tubular corolla up to 2.5cm long, very sweet fragrant at night; fruit a berry 10mm long by 5mm in diam.
„Judging from the extreme heavy isoeugenol-like, faintly carnation-like, woody-warm, yet strongly floral odor, the essential oil of Centrum nocturnum could find use as a 'new note' in modern 'warm-spicy' or aldehydic-floral perfume types.“
[Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and flavor materials of natural origin, 1960, 152-153]
„The absolute of Cestrum nocturnum L. (Jessamine, “Night Queen,” Solanaceae) was analyzed by GC and GC/MS. More than 130 compounds could be detected of which more than 100 were identified. The olfactorially valuable compounds that were found with a concentration higher than 1% were: linalool (3.1%), benzaldehyde (2.5%), benzyl alcohol (2.4%), phenylacetaldehyde (2.4%), cis-jasmone (2.1%), benzyl acetate (1.8%), phenol (1.6%), methyl jasmonate (1.5%), 1,8-cineole (1.4%), borneol (1.3%), eugenol (1.3%), linalyl acetate (1.2%) and citronellyl propionate (1.1%). In addition, more than 70 other interesting volatiles as well as more than 10 higher hydrocarbons (higher than C16) and more than 10 fatty acids and their esters were also identified in the absolute.“
[Buchbauer, G., Jirovetz, L., & Kaul, V. K. (1995). Volatiles of the Absolute of Cestrum nocturnum L. Journal of Essential Oil Research, 7(1), 5-9]
Cestrum nocturnum L. as Cestrum suberosum Jacq.
Jacquin, N.J. von, Plantarum rariorum horti caesarei Schoenbrunnensis descriptiones et icones, vol.4 t.452 (1804)
Cestrum nocturnum, CC BY-SA 3.0, Author: Andreas Kraska