from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants, natural order Solanaceæ, natives of tropical America.
- n. An implement formerly used in encaustic painting.
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- n. genus of fragrant tropical American shrubs
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I can smell the night blooming jasmine (cestrum nocturnum) and Tuberose now!
He used the pencil, instead of painting in encaustic with the cestrum.
Encaustic painting was practiced both with the cestrum and the pencil, and the colors were also burnt in.
The style or cestrum used in drawing, and for spreading the wax colors, was pointed on one end and flat on the other, and generally made of metal.
The prodigious expansion which is remarked in the solaneous plants of the valley of Cumanacoa, especially in the abundant species of the Solanum arborescens, of aquartia, and of cestrum, seems to indicate the favourable nature of this spot for plantations of tobacco.
Princess flower, geraniums (pelargoniums), fuchsias, abutilon and cestrum are among plants that will grow readily from cuttings made in spring or summer: Cut stem tips with five to six nodes (joints where leaves are or were).
Like the two brugmansias with small blue flowers; an orange cestrum that's native to Guatamala; a weeping mulberry tree; a variegated clerodendrum, from local grower Ned Rahm; a Harry Lauder's Walking Stick.