Cascabela thevetia

Cascabela thevetia

Image of Cascabela thevetia

(Yellow Oleander, Cook Tree, Captain Cook Tree, Lucky Nut, Be-still-tree)

FAMILY

Apocynaceae

Species

Cascabela thevetia

Common name(s)

Yellow Oleander, Cook Tree, Captain Cook Tree, Lucky Nut, Be-still-tree

Flower colour; life form

Yellow, apricot; shrub

Campus

Townsville

Description

Previously known as Thevetia peruviana, all parts of this plant are highly toxic as they contain cardiac glycosides. The fleshy angular fruits, which are about the size of an unshelled walnut, and seeds are the most dangerous. The leaves are leathery and narrow to about 16 cm long and1-1.5 cm wide and the flowers are usually yellow and bell-shaped to about 7 cm long. Flowers present throughout most of the year. This species is a class 3 weed.

Additional image

Fruit of Cascabela thevetia