Cascabela thevetia (fruit)
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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 flower view, please click here.
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Hola Nirmal, es la primera vez que veo esta planta y su fruto donde me sorprende el verde de todas sus partes. Buen encuadre y ténue y efectiva luz.
Un abrazo y gracias por tus amables comentarios: Josep Ignasi.
- [2008-07-23 4:33]
Que voilà un fruit original et bien présenté.
- [2008-07-23 18:59]
Hi Nirmal, very green and cool shot and I can't imagine the taste of this fruit, may this me sweet and sour,