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YELLOW OLEANDER, CAPTAIN COOK TREE

(Cascabela thevetia prev. Thevetia preruviana, fam. Apocynaceae )

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Usually much-branched shrub to 4m but, sometimes a tree to 10m, milky sap.
Form or habit: Shrub or small tree
Latex:Present
Leaf:Simple Alternate

Alternate, linear, simple densely spiralled, dark glossy green above, narrow, pointed at tip, 93-150 x 4-15mm.

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: Yellow
Flower description:Bell-shaped with 5 overlapping lobes, waxy, yellow or peach coloured up to 50mm in diameter, scented, borne in several flowered clusters.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Green ripening to black
Fruit: Fleshy
Fruit description: Lantern shaped, laterally compressed drupes, 25-40mm in diameter, green ripening black, with 4 seeds enclosed within 2 bony structures.
Habitat:
Distribution:
Food source for:
Toxicity:Toxic if ingested,Potential allergen,Irritant sap,Toxic or irritant to domestic pets,Toxic to native animals
Origin:Tropical America
Weed:Yes
Weed status:Declared class 3
Notes:Spread by: Water, feral pigs, garden waste, gravity.
Invades: Bushland, creek banks and pastures.
Notes: Introduced as garden ornamental, all parts deadly poisonous, particularly the seeds.
Information sources: Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2011) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region.

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