Luckynut (Cascabela thevetia) is an evergreen tropical shrub or small tree. Its leaves are willow-like, linear-lanceolate, and glossy green in color. They are covered in waxy coating to reduce water loss (typical of oleanders). Its stem is green turning silver/gray as it ages. The long funnel-shaped (sometimes-fragrant white, yellow, less commonly apricot colour) flowers are in few-flowered terminal clusters.
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All parts of the Luckynut (Cascabela thevetia/THEVETIA PERUVIANA) plant are toxic to most vertebrates as they contain cardiac glycosides. Many cases of intentional and accidental poisoning of humans are known.
Luckynut's Behavior & Ecology
It tolerates most soils and is drought tolerant.
Luckynut's Relationship with Humans
Uses: Grown mainly as an ornamental tree.
The plant's toxins have tested in experiments for uses in biological pest control. this plants seed oil was used to make a 'paint' with antifungal, antibacterial and anti-termite properties