Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs
Terrestrial. Persisting in the vicinity of old plantations.
Much-branched shrub to about 4 m high. Leaves opposite and shortly petiolate, to 15 x 2.5 cm on flowering shoots, to 25 x 4 cm on suckering shoots. Large pink flowers with reddish-purple calyx. Flowers are usually single but can be semi-double. Fruits are uncommon, but are up to 18 cm long when produced.
Nerium is widely cultivated and over 400 varieties have been described, but there is just 1 species in the genus.
November, December, January, February, March.
Seed is only formed when 2 or more varieties are grown together.
Mediterranean region, S.W. Asia
Reason for introduction
Appears restricted to the warmest parts of New Zealand.
All parts of this plant are very poisonous.