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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Lamiales

Familia: Oleaceae
Tribus: Myxopyreae
Genus: Nyctanthes
Species: N. aculeata – N. arbor-tristis

Nyctanthes L. (1753)

Type species: Nyctanthes arbor-tristis L.


Mogori Adans., Fam. 2: 223 (1763).
Pariaticu Adans., Fam. 2: 223 (1763).
Parilium Gaertn., Fruct. Sem. Pl. 1: 234 (1788).

Bruschia Bertol., Mem. Acad. Sc. Bologna 8: 238 (Misc. Bot. 18: 17) (1857).
Type species: Bruschia macrocarpa Bertol.
Scabrita L., Mant. Pl. 3 (1767).
Type species: Scabrita triflora L.


Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum. Tomus I: 6. Reference page.

Nyctanthes is a genus of flowering plants in the family Oleaceae, native to southeastern Asia. It is currently accepted as containing two species; other species previously included in this genus have been transferred to other genera, most of them to Jasminum.[1][2][3]

They are shrubs or small trees growing to 10 m tall, with flaky bark. The leaves are opposite, simple. The flowers are produced in small clusters of two to seven together. The fruit is a two-parted capsule, with a single seed in each part.[2][4][5] The name Nyctanthes means "night flowering".


Nyctanthes aculeata Craib – Thailand
Nyctanthes arbor-tristis L. - (Night-flowering jasmine or "sad tree") native to India, Nepal, Bhutan, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Java, Sri Lanka and Sumatra.


Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
University of Oxford, Oleaceae information site: Nyctanthes
Sarmah, K.K. & Borthakur, S.K. (2009). A checklist of angiospermic plants of Manas national park in Assam, India. Pleione 3: 190-200.
Flora of Pakistan: Nyctanthes
AgroForestry Tree Database: Nyctanthes Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine

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