• resins
  • Resins are highly toxic compounds of diverse chemical and plant origin united by the physical characteristics of insolubility in water, absence of nitrogen, and solid or semisolid state on extraction at room temperature. (clinicalgate.com)
  • grows
  • On the East Coast of the US, it grows as far north as Virginia Beach, Virginia, while in California and Texas miles of oleander shrubs are planted on median strips. (wikipedia.org)
  • laurel
  • The etymological association of oleander with the bay laurel has continued into the modern day: in France the plant is known as "Laurier Rose", while the Spanish term, "Adelfa", is the descendant of the original Ancient Greek, daphne, which subsequently passed into Arabic usage and thence to Spain. (wikipedia.org)
  • poison
  • Over 63,000 plant exposures were reported to 61 American poison control centers in 2008, representing 2.5% of all human toxic exposures reported that year. (clinicalgate.com)
  • genus
  • The genus name Nerium is the Latinized form of the Ancient Greek name for the plant Nerion (νἠριον), which is in turn derived from the Greek for water, 'neros' (νἠρος), because of the natural habitat of the Oleander along rivers and streams. (wikipedia.org)
  • Mediterranean
  • Nerium oleander is either native or naturalized to a broad area from Mauritania, Morocco, and Portugal eastward through the Mediterranean region and the Sahara (where it is only found sporadically), to the Arabian peninsula, southern Asia, and as far east as Yunnan in southern parts of China. (wikipedia.org)
  • plant
  • Oleander is a vigorous grower in warm subtropical regions, where it is extensively used as an ornamental plant in parks, along roadsides and in private gardens. (wikipedia.org)
  • specifically
  • Caterpillars of the polka-dot wasp moth (Syntomeida epilais) feed specifically on oleanders and survive by eating only the pulp surrounding the leaf-veins, avoiding the fibers. (wikipedia.org)
  • cause
  • Oleander sap can cause skin irritations, severe eye inflammation and irritation, and allergy reactions characterized by dermatitis when administered topically. (wikipedia.org)
  • form
  • Another theory posited is that Oleander is the Latinized form of a Greek compound noun: 'Ollyo' (ολλύω), which means 'I kill', and the Greek noun for man, 'aner' or 'andros' (άνἠρ, άνδρος). (wikipedia.org)