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Thevetia ahouai
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Rauvolfioideae
Tribe: Plumerieae
Genus: Thevetia
  • Ahouai Mill.
  • Plumeriopsis Rusby & Woodson

Thevetia is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae, first described for modern science as a genus in 1758. It is native to Mexico, Central America, South America, and Cuba.[1] The taxonomy of the genus is controversial, with some authors including Cascabela within Thevetia, while others accept the two genera as separate.[2]

Fruit and leaf detail of Thevetia ahouai
  1. Thevetia ahouai (L.) A.DC. - Mexico, Central America, Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia
  2. Thevetia amazonica Ducke - Brazil, Bolivia
  3. Thevetia bicornuta Müll.Arg. - Brazil, Paraguay, NE Argentina
formerly included[1]
  1. Thevetia alliodora = Cascabela ovata
  2. Thevetia cuneifolia = Cascabela ovata
  3. Thevetia gaumeri = Cascabela gaumeri
  4. Thevetia humboldtii (Kunth) Voigt 1845 not R.H. Schomb. 1840 = Cascabela thevetioides
  5. Thevetia linearis = Cascabela thevetia
  6. Thevetia neriifolia = Cascabela thevetia
  7. Thevetia ovata = Cascabela ovata
  8. Thevetia peruviana = Cascabela thevetia
  9. Thevetia pinifolia = Cascabela pinifolia
  10. Thevetia plumeriifolia = Cascabela ovata
  11. Thevetia spathulata = Cascabela gaumeri
  12. Thevetia steerei = Cascabela gaumeri
  13. Thevetia thevetia = Cascabela thevetia
  14. Thevetia thevetioides = Cascabela thevetioides
  15. Thevetia yccotli = Cascabela thevetioides


  1. ^ a b c d "World Checklist of Selected Plant Families". Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ Leonardo O. Alvarado-Cárdenas and José Carmen Soto Núñez (2014). "A new species of Cascabela (Apocynaceae; Rauvolfioideae, Plumerieae) from Michoacán, Mexico" (PDF). Phytotaxa. 177 (3): 163–170. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.177.3.4. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Thevetia at Wikimedia Commons Data related to Thevetia at Wikispecies