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Common name
venevene (Cook Islands), chirca (Spanish), pua (Cook Islands), luckynut (English), yellow oleander (English), cabalonga (Spanish), geel-oleander (Afrikaans), irelepsech (Ulithian), loandro-amarelo (Portuguese), Thevetie (Spanish), adelfa amarilla (Spanish), jacapa (Spanish), kanneeta (Chuukese), nohomalie (Hawaiian), be still tree (English), koneta (Chuukese), foreigner's tree (English), poupou (Tahitian), piti (Tahitian), oléandre jaune (French)
Cascabela thevetia , (L.) Lippoid
Cerbera thevetia , L.
Thevetia neriifolia , Juss. ex Steud.
Similar species
Yellow oleander, Thevetia peruviana is a bushy shrub native to tropical America. Seedlings can be found on cultivated ground and ex-pasture land. It is cultivated in gardens as an ornamental where it competes with garden plants. It is an opportunistic plant and is found growing on disturbed habitats. Its fruit, seeds, foliage or sap are poisonous to man and animals. It is a significant weed in Timor-Leste and is listed as a Category 1 weed in South Africa (prohibited and to be controlled).
Habitat Description
Yellow oleander prefers fertile, well-drained soils, but can survive on most soils (Csurhes and Edwards, 1998)

Principal source:

Compiler: IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) with support from the Overseas Territories Environmental Programme (OTEP) project XOT603, a joint project with the Cayman Islands Government - Department of Environment


Publication date: 2010-06-08

Recommended citation: Global Invasive Species Database (2021) Species profile: Thevetia peruviana. Downloaded from on 25-09-2021.

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9 references found for Thevetia peruviana

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IUCN/SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)., 2010. A Compilation of Information Sources for Conservation Managers.
Summary: This compilation of information sources can be sorted on keywords for example: Baits & Lures, Non Target Species, Eradication, Monitoring, Risk Assessment, Weeds, Herbicides etc. This compilation is at present in Excel format, this will be web-enabled as a searchable database shortly. This version of the database has been developed by the IUCN SSC ISSG as part of an Overseas Territories Environmental Programme funded project XOT603 in partnership with the Cayman Islands Government - Department of Environment. The compilation is a work under progress, the ISSG will manage, maintain and enhance the database with current and newly published information, reports, journal articles etc.
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER), 2005. Risk Assessments: Thevetia peruviana (Pers.) K.Schum., Apocynaceae
Summary: Available from: [Accessed 26 July 2010]
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER), 2006. Thevetia peruviana (Pers.) K.Schum., Apocynaceae
Summary: Available from: [Accessed 26 July 2010]
General information
Macdonald, I.A.W., J.K. Reaser, C. Bright, L.E. Neville, G.W. Howard, S.J. Murphy & G. Preston (eds.). 2003. Invasive alien species in southern Africa: national reports & directory of resources. Global Invasive Species Programme, Cape Town, South Africa.
Morton F. Julia, 1976. Pestiferous spread of many ornamental and fruit species in South Florida. Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc. 89:348-353. 1976.
Summary: Available from: [Accessed 26 July 2010]
Reddy, C. Sudhakar; G. Bagyanarayana; K. N. Reddy; Vatsavaya, S. Raju, 2008. Invasive Alien Flora of India. Published by National Biological Information Infrastructure, USGS, USA
Summary: Available from: [Accessed 26 July 2010]
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Thevetia peruviana
venevene, chirca, pua, luckynut, yellow oleander, cabalonga, geel-oleander, irelepsech , loandro-amarelo, Thevetie, adelfa amarilla, jacapa, kanneeta, nohomalie, be still tree, koneta, foreigner's tree, poupou, piti, oléandre jaune
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Recommended citation
(2021). Thevetia peruviana. IUCN Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa (EICAT).