Oleander (Nerium oleander)

Where Does This Organism Fit In?

Domain: Eukarya 
Members of the Eukarya have membrane bound organelles and a true nucleusSome organisms that could be found in the Eukarya would include: Red Tide, The Lions Mane Jellyfish, and a polar bear.
Picture of Red Tide thanks to MattisseA Polar Bear thanks to Teresa
Kingdom: Plantae
Members of the Plantae are multicellular and have cell walls made of cellulose.  Many, but not all, are photosythetic.  Other members of the Plantae would include: The Lily of the Valley, a Daffodil, and Rhubarb.

Daffodil flower thanks to BerndHRhubarb thanks to RhubarbFarmer
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Members of the Tracheobionta have vascular tissue called xylem and phloem used in transporting water and nutrients.  Plants that would be included in this subkingdom would be: Maple Trees, Pine Trees, and Rose Bushes.
Rose Bush thanks to RosendahlPine Tree thanks to Fir0002
Super phylum:  Spermatophyta
Members of the Spermatophyta have seeds for creating the next generation.  Examples of plants that would be included in this super phylum would be: Cycads, Ginkos, and Corn.

Picture of corn thanks to JalytonGinko thanks to Dron31
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Members of the Magnoliophyta are flowering plants. Other organisms included in this phylum would be: Daisies, Lilac, and Tulips.
 Daisies thanks to Fir0002Lilac thanks to Radomil
Class: Magnoliopsida: 
Members of the Magnoliopsida are Dicot plants meaning that they has 2 leaves at germination and their leaves contain branching off veins.  Their petal arrangements are also in multiples of either 4 or 5.  Other organisms that would be included in this class would be: Beans, Sunflowers, and Oak Trees
Sunflowers thanks to Jon SullivanOak Trees thanks to ForestWander
Subclass: Asteridae
Members of the Asteridae have alternating stamens around the corolla lobes and have ovules that only have one outer protective layer.  Other examples in this subclass would be: Coffee, cayenne pepper, and potatoes.
Coffee plant thanks to Nathan leibelCayenne pepper plant thanks to H. Zell
Order: Gentianales
Members of the Gentianales have opposite whorled leaves and also have more then 2 leaves per leaf cluster.  Examples in this order would be Milkweed and Periwinkle.
Milkweed Follicle releasing its seeds thanks to woodleywonderworksPeriwinkle flower thanks to Selena N. B. H.
Family Apocynaceae:
Members of the Apocynaceae have nectar glands that make them fragrant and they also have milky latex. Periwinkle and Desert Rose would be other organisms in this family.
Periwinkle flower thanks to DcrjsrDesert Rose thanks to Sven Teschke
Genus: Nerium
is thought to be derrived from the Greek word Neros, which refers to a moist wet habitat where this genus lives.  Oleander is the only organism in this genus.
Oleander flower thanks to Philipp WeigellOleander flowers thanks to Júlio Reis
Species: Nerium oleander:
Oleander is derived from the Greek word for olive olea because these organisms were thought to have similar leaves to olive trees.  See facts
Oleander branch thanks to PrennOleander flowers thanks to Challiyan


Modified from Cambell Biology Textbook 8th edition.  This phylogeny is a morphological tree based off of: membrane bound organelles, having a true nucleus, being multicellular, living in a terrestrial habitat, having cells walls made of cellulose, having vascular tissue, and producing seeds that our protected.

Modified from the USDA plant database.  This phylogeny is a morphological tree based off of: having opposite whorled leaves with more then 2 leaves per cluster, having nectar glands for fragrance and milky latex, living in a watery habitat like the bank of a river, and having leaves that resemble olive tree's leaves.
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