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Scientific name:Nerium oleander (Apocynaceae)
Alternative common names:
Ceylon rose; dog-bane; double oleander; rose bay; rose laurel; South Sea rose (English), selonsroos (Afrikaans)
An evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 6m high with dark, dull-green leaves that are paler below and have distinctive veins and a prominent midrib. Pink, red or white flowers which are slightly aromatic, with a single row of petals, appear from September to March. It bears reddish-brown fruit follicles which are finger-like and 10-20cm long. They are ridged and split longitudinally into two halves with seeds that have tufts of hairs. The whole plant is highly toxic and lethal and the sap is a skin irritant.
Where does this species come from?Mediterranean
What is its invasive status in South Africa?Existing legislation: CARA 2002 – Category 1 NEMBA – Category 1b
Where in South Africa is it a problem?Eastern and Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.
How does it spread?Seed dispersal.
Why is it a problem?Competes with indigenous species. All parts of the plant are highly toxic and lethal to humans, birds and other animals.
What does it look like?General description: An evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 6m high. Leaves: Dark, dull-green elongated leaves that are paler below with distinctive veins and a prominent midrib. Flowers: Pink, red or white flowers that are slightly aromatic with a single row of petals appearing from September to March. Fruit/seeds: Bears reddish-brown fruit follicles which are finger-like and 10-20cm long.
Does the plant have any uses?Ornament and screening.
Plant me instead alternatives
September bush (Polygala myrtifolia), Pride-of-de-Kaap (Bauhinia galpinii), dune poison bush (Acokanthera oblongifolia).