Thevetia peruviana (Pers.) K. Schum.

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Thevetia peruviana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Fuel Station, Rumphi.

Thevetia peruviana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Fuel Station, Rumphi.

Thevetia peruviana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Fuel Station, Rumphi.

Thevetia peruviana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Fuel Station, Rumphi.

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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 both in urban gardens and in rural areas.
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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Content last updated: Sunday 30 June 2019
Literature:

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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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Thevetia peruviana

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Thevetia peruviana
African Plant Database: 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
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Thevetia peruviana
JSTOR Plant Science: Thevetia peruviana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Thevetia peruviana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Thevetia peruviana
Plants of the World Online: Thevetia peruviana
The Plant List (version 1.1): Thevetia peruviana
Tropicos: Thevetia peruviana
Wikipedia: Thevetia peruviana


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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Thevetia peruviana.
https://www.malawiflora.com/cult/species.php?species_id=162430, retrieved 21 November 2019

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