Cascabela thevetia (L.) Lippold

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Cascabela thevetia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

Cascabela thevetia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

Cascabela thevetia

Photo: Mark Hyde
Swan Drive, Alexandra Park

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Synonyms: Thevetia neriifolia Juss. ex A.DC.
Thevetia peruviana (Pers.) K. Schum.
Common names: Be-still tree (English) Lucky nut (English) Yellow oleander (English)
Description: Shrub or small tree. Leaves evergreen, glossy, linear, ± sessile, dark green; secondary veins obscure; margin revolute. Flowers 5-7.5 cm long, usually yellow, sometimes apricot, orange or white (cv. 'alba'). Fruit c. 2.5 cm across, becoming black when ripe.

Similar to Cascabela thevetioides; see that species for the differences.
Notes: Very commonly planted in Harare gardens.
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Worldwide distribution: Mexico to tropical South America
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Insects associated with this species: Daphnis nerii (Larval foodplant)
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Image last updated: Thursday 28 January 2010

Bailey, L.H. & Bailey, E.Z. (1976). Hortus Third. A concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada Macmillan Publishing Co, Inc., New York Page 1108.

Bromilow, C. (2010). Problem Plants and Alien Weeds of South Africa Briza Publications, South Africa Page 166. (Includes a picture).

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Page 397.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cascabela thevetia
African Plant Database: Cascabela thevetia
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cascabela thevetia
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cascabela thevetia
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Wikipedia: Cascabela thevetia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Cascabela thevetia., retrieved 2 December 2023

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