Thevetia peruviana (Pers.) K. Schum.

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Thevetia peruviana

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

Thevetia peruviana

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

Thevetia peruviana

Photo: Mark Hyde
Swan Drive, Alexandra Park

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Synonyms: Cascabela thevetia (L.) Lippold
Thevetia neriifolia Juss. ex A.DC.
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 T. thevetioides; see that species for the differences.
Notes: Very commonly planted in Harare gardens.
Derivation of specific name: peruviana: Peruvian
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tropical 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.

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

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Flora of Malawi: cultivated Thevetia peruviana

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Thevetia peruviana
African Plant Database: Thevetia peruviana
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Thevetia peruviana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Thevetia peruviana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Thevetia peruviana
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Thevetia peruviana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Thevetia peruviana
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Thevetia peruviana
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Thevetia peruviana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Thevetia peruviana
Ispot Southern Africa: Thevetia peruviana
JSTOR Plant Science: Thevetia peruviana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Thevetia peruviana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Thevetia peruviana
The Plant List (version 1.1): Thevetia peruviana
Tropicos: Thevetia peruviana

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Thevetia peruviana., retrieved 24 May 2019

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