Scientific Name :
Calotropis gigantea (L.) R. Br.
Asclepias gigantea L.
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Flowering/Fruiting Time :
Status (IUCN) :
India, Sri Lanka, Tropical Asia; Kerala: throughout
Medicine, Fibre, Poison, Gum, Resin, Latex, Hygiene
Description (Morphology) :
Shrubs, stem rounded. Leaves simple, opposite, smaller in branchlets, elliptic-ovate to obovate, apex acute or obtuse, base cordate; lateral nerves 5-7 pairs, adpressed pubescent when young, becoming glabrous on maturity. Flowers pale purple or greenish-white, 3 cm across; pedicels to 3 cm long, stout. Calyx lobes to 3 mm long. Corolla campanulate, tube short, lobes ovate to oblong, recurved. staminal corona of 5 vertical lobes, 1 cm long. Carpels free. Fruit saccate, ovoid; seeds many.