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FOC | Family List | FOC Vol. 16 | Apocynaceae | Thevetia

1. Thevetia ahouai (Linnaeus) A. de Candolle, Prodr. 8: 345. 1844.

阔叶竹桃 kuo ye zhu tao

Cerbera ahouai Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 208. 1753.

Shrubs to 3 m tall. Wood with an offensive smell. Leaf blade narrowly obovate, glabrous adaxially, pubescent abaxially, apex obtuse. Sepals ovate, reflexed, glabrous, apex acute. Corolla tube dilated distally, longer than lobes, closed at mouth, marked with 5 deep grooves; lobes oval, oblique or overlapping, with undulate margin; corona scales absent. Stamens inserted at apex of corolla tube, included. Style filiform; pistil head turbinate, apex 2-cleft. Fl. almost throughout the year.

S Guangdong [introduced from Brazil].

Cultivated for medicine. The sap and seeds are deadly poisonous to domestic animals.


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