Nerium Oleander Flower

Nerium oleander most commonly known as oleander or nerium, is a shrub or small tree cultivated worldwide in temperate and subtropical areas as an ornamental and landscaping plant. It is the only species currently classified in the genus Nerium, belonging to the subfamily Apocynoideae of the dogbane family Apocynaceae. It is so widely cultivated that no precise region of origin has been identified, though it is usually associated with the Mediterranean Basin.

Nerium grows to 2–6 meters (7–20 feet) tall. It is most commonly grown in its natural shrub form but can be trained into a small tree with a single trunk. 

Nerium contains several toxic compounds, and it has historically been considered a poisonous plant. However, its bitterness renders it unpalatable to humans and most animals, so poisoning cases are rare and the general risk for human mortality is low. 

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Photo taken with Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 385/1 f/8.0 1/500 ISO 1600 Original date taken Sep 24, 2011
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