Thevetia peruviana (Pers.) K. Schum., H. G. A. Engler & K. A. E. Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 4(2):159. 1895 (syn: Cascabela thevetia (L.) Lippold; Cerbera peruviana Pers.; Cerbera thevetia L.; Thevetia neriifolia Juss. ex A. DC.) as per GRIN;
Yellow oleander, Cook tree, Be-still tree, Lucky nut, Dicky plant, Mexican oleander, Lucky Nut • Hindi: Peeli kaner पीली कनेर • Marathi: Bitti • Manipuri: উতোংগ লৈ Utonglei • Bengali: Kolkaphul; Sans: Ashvaghna, Divyapushpa, Haripriya, Ashvamaraka, Ashvantaka, Shatakunda; Hindi: Pile kaner, Zard kunel, Kulkephul Beng: Koklaphul, Haldi karubi, China karab; Mar: Pilvalakenhera; Guj: Pila-kanera; Tel: Pachaganeru; Tam: Pachaiyalari, Tiruvachippu, Manjataleri; Kan: Kadukasi, Kanogalu; Mal: Manja areli, Pachcha areli; Oryia: Konyar phul;
very poisonous… all parts and sap of cut leaf, cut flower (not so the fallen flower’s sap” but the fallen flower though used in pujas is poisonous… and branch sap… all poisonous… even fatal….;
Plants used as Patri for Vinaayaka chavithi; 

Mexico to S. Trop. America (as per WCSP);

?Thevetia peruviana Yellow Oleander, Lucky Nut, peeli kaner 
Date/Time-Oct 2011 
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune Kalyani nagar 
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-garden 
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Shrub 
Height/Length- about 8 ft 
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-green narrow 
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-yellow 
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- green and black 

Yes this is Thevetia peruviana but now this plant is called, 
Cascabela thevetia (L.) Lippold Feddes Repert. 91: 52 1980. 
Cascabela peruviana (Pers.) Raf.
Cerbera linearifolia Stokes
Cerbera peruviana Pers.
Cerbera thevetia L.
Thevetia linearis Raf.
Thevetia linearis A. DC.
Thevetia neriifolia Juss. ex A.DC.
Thevetia neriifolia Juss. ex Steud.
Thevetia peruviana (Pers.) K.Schum.
Thevetia peruviana (Pers.) Merr.
Thevetia peruviana f. aurantiaca H.St.John
Thevetia thevetia (L.) H.Karst

What does Cascabella mean… 
bella = beautiful or some such thing… 
what is casca… 
and why casabella?? 

Bitti in Marathi. 
Open the dried fruit. The seed is the one with which we use to play in childhood. 

I found some interesting info on the net about this plant 

.. This has so many botanical terms that it was tough for me but I thought it would be interesting for all the Botany experts
2) Plants used as Patri for Vinaayaka chavithi 
10 Vikataya Namaha: వికటాయ 
(Sanskrit) Karaveera patra (Telugu) Genneru 
Botanical name: Thevetia neerifolia/ Cascabela thevitia (Family:Apocyanaceae)
A shrub found in siva temples. http://lalithambanlr.blogspot.com/


white Thevetia neriifolia from Hooghly: Found this white type of Thevetia neriifolia this morning.

Species : Thevetia neriifolia Juss.
Habit & Habitat : garden shrub
Date : 14-04-2012, 11.55 a.m.

Place : Hooghly, WB


Thank you Sir for confirming, here the yellow one is very common & the T. peruviana .

Flowers from Kalatope id Al161111: A shrub found near the Chamera dam..
Location Kalatope
Altitude 1200 mts
Habit shrub
Habitat wild
Height 5 feet

Season October

Thevetia neriifolia/Thevetia peruviana it is…


SYMBIOSIS :103:  Attaching an image of the103rd member of the series.In this male of a Koel is on the fruit of Thevetia nerifolia.This tree is known as Pila Kaner in Hindi.It is Kolke phul in Bangla. WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY AND MEANINGFUL 2012.

SYMBIOSIS : 280: If Thevetia neriifolia ( LUCKY NUT TREE/ PILE
) is available in your area and you have time to observe
what happens there in this season you can make interesting
observations. I saw a male and a female Koel eating the fruits of this
tree, which fell from the tree.
Attaching two images of that observation.


Thevetia peruviana (family : Apocynaceae) Hooghly, WB:  This is another type of KOLKE-phool which is not that common as of T.neriifolia. I recorded these flowers (fruit also) on 14th February & 16th February, this year.

species : Thevetia peruviana (family : Apocynaceae)


Thevetia neriifolia (family : Apocynaceae) Hooghly, WB:  KOLKE-PHOOL (phool = flower in Bengali) is common garden plant here. Decades ago every house in villages as well as in towns featured this plant, specially because there were dearth of exotic “Asteraceae” species.

species : Thevetia neriifolia (family : Apocynaceae)
Date : 15-Feb-2012 & 01-Feb-2012
ID help : “Plant Groups” by H. Mukherji

I regret that picture qualities are not good due to low light at the time of recording.

My next target is its seeds.

Very nice, good ambition to try and get the seeds to photograph…
but be sure to wash hands with soap and water… profusely…
very poisonous… all parts and sap of cut leaf, cut flower (not so the fallen flower’s sap” but the fallen flower though used in pujas is poisonous… and branch sap… all poisonous… even fatal….
so be very careful of the entire thevetia… KOROBI family…

Thank you Madam for the information. I also heard stories of using those seeds to eliminate someone in older days. I would also like to inform you that I have collected seeds of cockscomb but yet to be photographed.

SYMBIOSIS : 499 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1).
Attaching an image of a Black-headed Oriole eating fruit of Thevetia neriifolia.

SYMBIOSIS : 571 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1).
Attaching an image of a male Purple Sun-bird on the flowers of Thevetia nerifolia.


Id this flower please : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).

got this flower near Pandharpur, lake November 2013 Maharashtra

Thevetia peruviana

Cascabela thevetia (L.) Lippold (= Thevetia peruviana (Pers.) K.Schum, Thevetia neriifolia Juss. ex Steud.), poisonous shrub

I don’t think it is desirable to follow Cascabela thevetia.
We know our plant as Thevetia neriifolia Juss. ex Steud; The Plant List considers it as accepted name
It also considers Cascabela thevetia as accepted name
Tropicos on which The Plant List mostly relies considers T. peruviana K. Schum. as accepted name in 4 publications (incl Fl China, one publication in 2014, 2015, 1969) and C. thevetia in only two pubications (1980, 2008)

I usually follow Flora of China seeing so many errors in The Plant List.

Thanks, … However, WCSP accepts this name (Cascabela thevetia (L.) Lippold) in view of wide acceptance by many recent authors as per link.

Identification : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)

Can you please help me in identifying this flower please.

It is a cultivar of Thevetia peruviana, a beautiful but poisonous plant!


id of a plant : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2) – more than 1 Mb each.

image files of a plant and its flowers uploaded.
its id please.

Pl. check /species/a—l/a/apocynaceae/cascabela/thevetia-peruviana

Peeli kaner
Cascabela thevetia

SYMBIOSIS : 1326 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of Bumble bee visiting flowers of Thevetia nerifolia (yellow Oleander).

Images by Satish Phadke, Bhagyashri Ranade (Validted by Pankaj Kumar), Surajit Koley & Alok Mahendroo (Id by Balkar Singh & Nidhan Singh) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links)

Cascabela thevetia (L.) Lippold : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (5) – around 1150 kb each.
Location: Chobhar, Kathmandu
Date: 06 September 2019
Elevation: 1401 m.
Habit : Cultivated 

Attachments (1)- 6 mb.

Flower for ID – 120512 – RK – 2: Request ID of this Flower.Called Karaveera in Kannada.The pic has been taken by my friend Usha Ramaiah in Puttur,Karnataka.Found growing in temple compounds v. often & comes in white too. It’s a short tree.Only one picture provided.Pic taken on 28-04-12 at 4pm.

It could be a species of Thevetia of Apocynaceae family.

Thevetia (बिट्टी )