Widely cultivated in the Mediterranean, the Nerium Oleander evergreen shrub has been featured in many Roman wall paintings in Pompeii and is believed to be grown since the ancient times. It is highly toxic and is commonly used as an ornamental shrub. The Nerium Oleander is one of the most common poisonous garden plants. It is native to areas in Mauritania, Morocco, and Portugal, it is also found sporadically in the Sahara Dessert and in the Arabian Peninsula. The plant grows around dry steam beds and is common in tropical and subtropical areas around the world.
It is a tender plant that can only survive light frost because it shows signs of frost damage when it undergoes cold conditions. It should be cultivated in tropical and subtropical climates. It is known to withstand drought and salt spray. It does not need any special lighting because it can grow with full sun or partial shade – it is widely used in areas near the coast.
Uses Of The Nerium Oleander Evergreen Shrub
Some of the common uses of the Nerium Oleander Plant are:
1. Ornamental Shrubs
3. Medicine for Cancer, Cardiac conditions, and Leprosy
6. Winkle Cream
The Nerium Oleander evergreen shrub is popularly grown as ornamental shrubs. It has been proven to be poisonous to birds, humans, livestock, and pets because it contains cardiac glycosides which is caused mainly by Oleandrin. Because of its high toxicity, ingestion of the plant may cause nausea, hypotension, cardiac arrhythmias, vomiting, and even death. The sap it produces can even be used as rat poison according to sources on the internet.
Medical Uses Of The Nerium Oleander Evergreen Shrub
Cardiac conditions are treated using the Oleandrin content of the plant for patients who are not able to tolerate digitalis. The leaves of Nerium oleander are traditional medicinal plants used mainly because of its anti-bacterial properties – used as treatment for heart diseases and snake bites. It also shows insecticidal properties that act against sugarcane mites and citrus leaf miners.
The roots of the plant are used to treat cancer, leprosy, and ulcers. Even the ashes of the plant are used to make gunpowder by mixing it with saltpeter.
In terms of its returns to ecology, and even with its high toxicity, there are some invertebrates that are unaffected by toxins produced by Nerium oleander and feed on the evergreen shrubs. These invertebrates are Caterpillars of the Oleander and Polka-Dot Wasp Moth which feeds specifically on Nerium oleander plants and can only survive by feeding on the pulp which surrounds the leaf of the plant. The Common Crow Butterfly and Larvae feed on Oleander because the toxins that they retain from the plant make them unpalatable to predators.
Home Business Opportunity
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