Does anyone know this plant?


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This plant was a volunteer in the garden this year. It came up in what i call the "slug breeding grounds" area of the garden, a little overgrown, moist, corner with frequent periods of shade. I cleaned up this corner, put a layer of sand to discourage the slugs, but left this little plant to grow. When it was very small we thought i might be a Cacao Tree, but as it grew it became clear that it is not. It is now 5 ft tall (152 cm) and the new growth at the top indicates that maybe it is going to make a flower. The mature leaves are 10 inches (26 cm) long and not what you would call delicate. The leaves also have a distinct pungent odor, not disgusting, but on the unpleasant side. I am starting to wonder if this is some kind of tobacco plant. The insects and other odds and ends of critters don't bother it. Any ideas?
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It's very pretty but I do not know what it is. The app Plantifier has helped me in identifying plants. If you don't get an answer here, post your photos there and you will get a response within 24 hours.
 
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I believe this may be a species of Cestrum, in the Nightshade Family (Solanaceae). In Mexico, there are both native and introduced species that could be distributed by birds.
 

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