Cascabela thevetia (APOCYNACEAE) Yellow Oleander

Weeds to Whack

Spreading or erect poisonous shrub (with white latex) to 4 m. Previously known as Thevetia peruviana. Leaves alternate, whorled, simple, petiole 1–3 mm long. Leaf blade 93–150 mm long, 4–15 mm wide, base tapering, margins entire (or sinuate), apex acuminate or acute. Flowers predominantly yellow, whorled, scented. Poisonous fruit a drupe, fleshy, red at first then black, to 27 mm long. Also know as Be-still Tree, Yellow Oleander, Lucky Nut, Nohomalie. Declared class-3 weed in Queensland.

Photo: Robert Whyte