(Otto Brnnfels, physician and botanist of the 16th century). Syn., Franciscea. Solandcea. More than 20 trees and shrubs of tropical America, a few of which are grown in warm glasshouses. Leaves entire, oblong, often shining: flowers. in terminal cymes or clusters, or solitary, large and showy, fragrant; corolla with 5 rounded and nearly equal spreading lobes (or two of them a little more united); stamens 4, in the throat of the corolla, the anthers all alike: flower. berry-like. Brunfelsias are usually winter-flowering plants.
Brunfelsia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Solanaceae, the nightshades. There are about 50 species described. Linnaeus named the genus for the early German herbalist Otto Brunfels. Common names for the genus include raintree. These are neotropical shrubs and small trees
The wood must be well ripened before flowering begins. Grow in a rather sandy compost. Of easy culture. Require a night temperature of 50°. They bloom best when pot-bound. Propagated by cuttings from the new growth in spring.