Alternative common names:
Karmosynsentrum (Afrikaans), Elegant poison-berry, Purple cestrum, Red cestrum
Crimson cestrum invades disturbed rainforest margins, moist and wet sclerophyll forests, urban bush land and creek banks. In these situations in takes over and displacesindigenous shrubs and smalltreesand restricts thehabitatof native wildlife.
Where does this species come from?Mexico
What is its invasive status in South Africa?NEMBA Category 1b
Where in South Africa is it a problem?KwaZulu Natal and Western Cape
How does it spread?By birds and water
Why is it a problem?
It is a special weed that is competitive, poisonous and transformers. These plants invade forest margins, savanna, grassland, rivers, plantations and coastal dunes.
What does it look like?
Leaves: Light green, ovate-lanceolate, up to 120 mm, evergreen
Flowers: Crimsom, reddish-purple or pink, tubular, 20-25 mm long, in axillary and terminal, nodding
Fruit/seeds: Small red, globose, sponge berries
Does the plant have any uses?