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Cascabela thevetia

Cascabela thevetia
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Copyright: Nirmal Roberts (nirmalroberts) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 345 W: 64 N: 705] (2857)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-18
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, Fujinon f=6.2-66.7(28-300)mm 1:2.8-4.9, Marumi 58mm UV Haze
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/480 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-14 3:40
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Points: 8
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Cascabela thevetia.
Synonyms: Thevetia peruviana, Thevetia neriifolia.
Common names: Yellow Oleander, Cook Tree, Be-still Tree, Lucky Nut, Dicky Plant, Nohomalie.
Common Hindi name: Peela Kaner.
Plant: 2.5-3.5m tall. A large spreading evergreen shrub with milky sap.
Leaves: 5.5-15cm long, 0.5-1.5cm wide. Glossy green, strap-like, alternating on the stem.
Flower: 5.5-7cm long, 2.5-4cm wide. The sweetly perfumed flowers are funnel-shaped, bright yellow or peach coloured, grouped in clusters at the end of the branches.
Native of South America, naturalised in tropics and subtropics.
All parts of the plant are toxic if eaten, particularly the fruit and seeds. The toxicity is owing to the presence of a glucoside in the latex which acts as a heart poison. This species has been responsible for the deaths of several children. Symptoms may include a burning sensation in the mouth, vomiting, diarrhoea, dizziness and a slow or irregular heartbeat. The sap may be an irritant and cause dermatitis or blistering. However, the plant has medicinal value for toothache, skin sores, and as a purgative, if used judiciously.
Seeds yield an oil used for burning as well as in medicine.
It is great favourite with Hindus and is frequently cultivated near temples, the flowers being offered to God Shiva.
For fruit view, please click here.

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Hi Nirmal, very striking colours, the contrast to the flower and the background is excellent. You have got the folds of the leaves nicely captured. regards h

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-07-14 12:03]

Hello Nirmal,
I didn't know that there is also a Yellow Oleander. In Europe we generally see the pink sort.
And this striking yellow shrub is even dangerous to children! And at the same time we can use it for medical purposes. Amazing nature!
Thanks and best regards

Hi Nirmal,

Unusual flowers, quite attractive. Nice composition, good and sharp with good color, very nice.


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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-07-24 5:39]

Very beautiful capture! Great, delicate details with amazing sharpness. I like a lot the contrasting background, thanks for sharing and the beautiful info.

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