Tuesday’s Terrace: Cestrum nocturnum in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Today’s terrace shows a mature specimen of Cestrum nocturnum, a West Indies shrub covered with its chartreuse tubular flowers, arching by the side of a dwelling. Its fragrance does not become perceptible until evening – it can be described as overpoweringly sweet. However, one will prefer smelling Cestrum over the motorcycle fumes! The contrast between two different scents plays off the natural and urban domains.

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