Thevetia peruviana

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Thevetia peruviana (Pers) Merrill
  • Synonyms : Cascabela thevetia (L.) Lippold, Thevetia neriifolia Juss. ex A. DC.
  • Common Name : Mexican Oleander, Yellow Oleander, Lucky Nut, Pili karen
  • Plant Family : Apocynaceae
  • Plant Form : Tree
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 2, 4, 10, 17, 22, 26-30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Van Chetana Kendra, Aranya Van

About Thevetia peruviana Plant :

  • Habit : A small tree with milky juice.
  • Leaves : Numerous, alternate, close together, linear, acute.
  • Inflorescence : Axillary or terminal cymes
  • Flowers :
    • Yellow, fragrant.
    • Calyx lobes 5, acute, imbricate.
    • Corolla campanulate, segments 5, twisted imbricate.
    • Stamens 5, in the throat of the corolla-tube, filaments hairy at base, anthers ovate.
    • Disk angular, annular, thick.
    • Carpels 2, connate, superior, style filiform, stigma big, capitate.
  • Fruit : A fleshy drupe, 4 angled, compressed with 2 ridges, seeds 2 to 4.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : Throughout the year.
  • Significance :
    • Common, wild and cultivated in the gardens.
    • The whole plant is poisonous.
    • Commonly planted near the temples, the flowers being offered to God Shiva.
    • Seeds kept in the pocket for luck.