Botanical name: Nerium oleande | Hindi: कनेर | Marathi: कण्हेर

Nerium oleande


Oleander, known as कनेर in Hindi and Nerium oleander scientifically, is a stunning evergreen shrub or small tree reaching up to 6 meters tall. Its leathery, deep green leaves grow in pairs and form clusters at the branch tips. The most striking feature is its large, fragrant pink, white, or yellow flowers with five overlapping petals, appearing throughout the year in warm climates. However, beneath its beauty lies a hidden danger – all parts of the plant are highly toxic for humans.

Interesting Facts

Medicine and Wellness
Medicinal Uses: Despite its toxicity, Oleander holds a complex history in traditional medicine. Various parts have been used for ailments like heart conditions, asthma, and skin problems. However, its toxic nature makes its use extremely risky and potentially fatal. Modern medicine does not endorse or utilize Oleander due to the availability of safer and more effective alternatives.

Anandvan Trivia Quiz

Question 1: Why should one never burn me or eat any of my parts?

Answer: Oleander deserves the title of “beautiful but deadly bloom” for a reason. While its vibrant flowers and evergreen foliage might be tempting, all parts of the plant contain potent toxins called cardiac glycosides. These toxins interfere with heart function and can be fatal if ingested or inhaled, even in small amounts.

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