Common name: Poison Bush, Bushman’s Poison
Distribution: Kenya to S. Africa (WCSP);


RV 2 Id 29022012: 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)
Please identify this small shrub which I saw in Sunder Nursery, Delhi on 25th Feb,2012.

This could be some species of Atlantia from family Rutaceae.

It has been identified as Acocanthera spectabilis from S. Africa by … who has seen the same plant in Sunder Nursery in Delhi.

It is Acokanthera instead of Acocanthera and correct name now is Acokanthera oblongifolia  (Hochst.) Benth. & Hook.f. ex B.D.Jacks. (syn: Acokanthera spectabilis (Sond.) Hook.f.) 

Acokanthera oppositifolia (Lam.) Codd. as per another thread by …


Aromatic shrub for ID from Delhi-GSFEB03/44 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Kindly help in the ID of this aromatic shrub displayed at Garden Tourism Festival at Garden of Five Senses in Delhi.
Photographed on Feb 22, 2015

Got it identified as Acokanthera oppositifolia from Facebook (…) Indian Flora Group. Also on Facebook

Thanks for posting Sir, a person from horticulture department had told me its name, and you have further confirmed..

Is it not the same as Acokanthera oblongifolia as per another thread: RV 2 Id 29022012 (posted by … & identified by …) ?

seems Acokanthera spectabilis

Thanks a lot, … Acokanthera spectabilis (Sond.) Hook.f. is a synonym of Acokanthera oblongifolia (Hochst.) Benth. & Hook.f. ex B.D.Jacks.

or may be Acokanthera oppositifolia

Acokanthera oppositifolia (Lam.) Codd
Also known as ‘Bushman’s poison’

Thanks, …, Than the pictures in thread RV 2 Id 29022012 must also be Acokanthera oppositifolia (Lam.) Codd.
Kindly confirm.

Yes, confirmed!

I found this shrub being displayed at Delhi University Flower show on February 22, 2013.
Leaves elliptic-lanceolate, thick, 4-7 cm long; flowers in clusters about 1 cm across, corolla tube 15-18 mm long purplish, corolla lobes white.
Please help in ID.

Carissa macrocarpa (Eckl.) A.DC. syn C. grandiflora, a shrub with pink large decorative fruits .

Thanks …, but C. macrocarpa is a much different plant. It has been discussed in detail in these two threads from Morni and USA.
efi thread 1
efi thread 2

This plant somewhat resembles Acokanthera oblongifolia.

Thanks … You seem to be pretty close.

Is it not the same as Acokanthera oblongifolia as per another thread: RV 2 Id 29022012 (posted by … & identified by …) ?

Must be Acokanthera oppositifolia (Lam.) Codd only as per discussions in another thread.

they are two different plants

This one from Delhi University Flower Show clicked in 2013 with glossy leaves is A. oblongifolia
The other one with glaucous longer leaves photographed from Garden Festival in 2015 is A. oppositifolia
Aromatic shrub for ID from Delhi-GSFEB03/44 (google.com)

To me both appear to be from the same species, on observing close up posted images of the both.


Fwd: JACQUINIA BETERII ??? : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Attaching a n image and a collage of a small tree with white, fragrant flowers. The plant is in a local park.
What is this plant ?

To me looks different from images on net.

Ok, I will check.

To me looks different from only species so far in efi site of Jacquinia arborea Vahl at Jacquinia

To me it seems to be Acokanthera oppositifolia.

Thanks, …, for the id.
To me also appears close to images at Acokanthera oppositifolia (Lam.) Codd


ID Please-PC-03 29.03.2015 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
please ID the plant for me. The shot was taken at Pusa Flower show 2015 Delhi.

Hoya? I am not sure!

not hoya by any means


Cultivated plant with small white flowers seen in a garden.

Flowers have a resemblance to Cerbera.

Yes, but much smaller in size. Does look like from the Apocynaceae family.

Its Apocynaceae member. Considering leaf characters it appears to be Plumeria

Looks like Cerbera odollam

Certainly not Plumeria species.

Agree with … from the beginning i have thought this in not plumeria
also … by now you know we will need side views
please provide them and full face of the leaf and the plant itself? its trunk? bark?

I agree with … that this is not Plumeria.
Adding a few pictures taken when I revisited the place with …
Thick dark green leaves, flowers small approx the size of Ixora.
…, Cerbera odollam flowers are bigger. They are known to me. It is a tree.


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Though Dwarf Plumeria vars. have come in the market, but the branching pattern of the pant in question is totally different. so it should not be Plumeria.

No, these are not Plumeria.
I agree with … that the flowers have a resemblance to Cerbera. But they are smaller.
Not C. odollam or C. manghas since I am familiar with both.
Experts any other Species?

a wild guess – Plant illustrations

Thanks for the link and efforts taken.
Hope to get it identified.

from your description I find, “Thick dark green leaves, flowers small approx the size of Ixora..”
In attached photographs I find leaves are possibly opposite-decussate… etc.
Now, Ixora flower sizes vary significantly in various spp., and both Plumeria & Cerbera have alternate leaves (as per FoC). In fact, unlike Rubiaceae members, limited number of Apocynaceae shrub (or tree) have decussate leaves.
I hope you went through description(s) of Acokanthera before rejecting it. I am getting very very interested to know the id of this species……!

… had suggested Acokanthera.
Acokanthera oppositifolia seems correct to me.

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