Yellow oleander, Captain Cook tree
Cascabela thevetia, Fam. Apocynaceae
Usually much-branched shrub to 4m but, sometimes a tree to 10m, milky sap. Previously Thevetia preruviana.
Restricted invasive plants Category 3
Plants declared invasive under the Biosecurity Act 2014, that are present in QLD. Not to be distributed or disposed of.
|Form or habit:||Shrub, Small tree|
Alternate, linear, simple densely spiralled, dark glossy green above, narrow, pointed at tip, 93-150 x 4-15mm.
|Flower description:||Yellow or peach, bell-shaped with 5 overlapping lobes, waxy, up to 50mm in diameter, scented, borne in several flowered clusters.|
|Fruit description:||Lantern shaped, laterally compressed, fleshy drupes, 25-40mm in diameter, green ripening to black, with 4 seeds enclosed within 2 bony structures.|
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|Toxicity:||Toxic if ingested, potential allergen, irritant sap, toxic or irritant to domestic pets, toxic to native animals.|
|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 (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|