Nerium oleander L.


Sp. Pl. 1: 209 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Shrub to 6 m high. Leaves narrow-elliptic, 5–21 cm long, 1–3.5 cm wide, glabrous or puberulous, cuneate or decurrent into petiole, acute or shortly acuminate; petiole 3–10 mm long. Inflorescence to 10 cm long. Flowers funnel-shaped, 2–2.5 cm long, 3–6 cm diam.; pedicels 2–3 mm long. Sepals 3–10 mm long, pubescent. Corolla-tube 12–22 mm long, lobes obovate, 13–30 mm long, 8–25 mm wide; corona of 5 truncate appendages, each with 3–8 smaller linear or triangular lobes. Fruit (5.5–)7.5–17.5 cm long, 1–1.3 cm diam. Flowers throughout the year.

*GipP, *GGr. An occasional garden escape (e.g. Zumsteins in the Grampians) and occasionally persisting in old gardens. Native to Asia and the Mediterranean region.

A commonly grown, ornamental plant. All parts are highly poisonous.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-08-05
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Apocynaceae
genus Nerium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Nerium oleander in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Nerium oleander in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Greater Grampians present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory