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Brunfelsia lactea

(Lady of the Night)


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Common Names

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Common Names in English:

Lady of the Night, Princess of the Night, Vega Blanca


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Family Solanaceae

Herbs, shrubs , small trees , or climbers . Stems sometimes prickly, rarely thorny; hairs simple , branched, or stellate , sometimes glandular . Leaves alternate, solitary or paired , simple or pinnately compound , without stipules; leaf blade entire, dentate , lobed , or divided . Inflorescences terminal , overtopped by continuing axes, appearing axillary , extra-axillary , or leaf opposed, often apparently umbellate , racemose, paniculate , clustered, or solitary flowers, rarely true cymes, sometimes bracteate . Flowers mostly bisexual , usually regular, 5-merous, rarely 4- or 6-9-merous. Calyx mostly lobed. Petals united . Stamens as many as corolla lobes and alternate with them, inserted within corolla, all alike or 1 or more reduced; anthers dehiscing longitudinally or by apical pores . Ovary 2-5-locular; placentation mostly axile ; ovules usually numerous . Style 1. Fruiting calyx often becoming enlarged, mostly persistent . Fruit a berry or capsule. Seeds with copious endosperm; embryo mostly curved .

About 95 genera with 2300 species: best represented in western tropical America, widespread in temperate and tropical regions ; 20 genera (ten introduced ) and 101 species in China.

Some species of Solanaceae are known in China only by plants cultivated in ornamental or specialty gardens: Atropa belladonna Linnaeus, Cyphomandra betacea (Cavanilles) Sendtner, Brugmansia suaveolens (Willdenow) Berchtold & Presl, Nicotiana alata Link & Otto, and Solanum jasminoides Paxton.[1]

Physical Description

Habit: Tree , Shrub

Flowers: Bloom Period: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December. • Flower Color: near white, white


Size: 36-48" tall.


Typically found at an altitude of 0 to 61 meters (0 to 200 feet).[2]


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Duration: Perennial


Soil: Minimum pH: 6.1 • Maximum pH: 7.5

Sunlight: Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade.

Temperature: Cold Hardiness: 10a, 10b, 11. (map)


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Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: 15-Mar-2000

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Brunfelsia

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 22 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in this genus:

B. americana (American Brunfelsia) · B. australis (Eternity Plant) · B. chiricaspi (Brunfelsia) · B. densiflora (Brunfelsia) · B. densifolia (Serpentine Hill Raintree) · B. gigantea (Lady of The Night) · B. grandiflora (Brazil Raintree) · B. isola (Lady of The Night) · B. jamaicensis (Lady of the Night) · B. lactea (Lady of the Night) · B. latifolia (Kiss Me Quick) · B. magnifica (Magnificent Brunfelsia) · B. manaca (Manaca) · B. mire (Brunfelsia) · B. nitida (Brunfelsia) · B. nyctaginoides (Brunfelsia) · B. pauciflora (Brazil Raintree) · B. pauciflora 'Floribunda' (Today and Tomorrow) · B. pilosa (Manaca Root) · B. plicata (Brunfelsia) · B. portoricensis (Puerto Rico Raintree) · B. uniflora (Manaca)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal November 18, 2007:



  1. Zhi-Yun Zhang, Anmin Lu & William G. D'Arcy "Solanaceae". in Flora of China Vol. 17 Page 300. Published by Science Press (Beijing) and Missouri Botanical Garden Press. Online at [back]
  2. Mean = -438.620 meters (-1,439.042 feet), Standard Deviation = 1,413.150 based on 8 observations. Altitude information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
Last Revised: 2014-05-14