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Flowers

Crown
Flower

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Crown Flower

Calotropis gigantea

This large shrub, which looks like a small tree, sports clusters of waxy flowers that are either white or lavender in color. Each flower consists of five pointed petals and a small, elegant "crown" rising from the center, which holds the stamens. The flowers last long, and in Thailand they are used in various floral arrangements. In India, the plant is common in the compounds of temples. The fruit is a follicle and when dry, seed dispersal is by wind. The seeds with a parachute of hairs, is a delight for small children, who like to blow it and watch it float in the air. This plant plays host to a variety of insects and butterflies.

Giant Milkweed

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    আকন্দ, অংকোত
  • Gujarati:
    આકડો
  • Hindi:
    सफ़ैद आक, अर्क, अकौआ, मदार
  • Malayalam:
    വെള്ളെരിക്ക്
  • Marathi:
    रुई, मंदार
  • Nepali:
    आँक, अर्क, मदार
  • Oriya:
    ଅରଖ
  • Sanskrit:
    अर्क
  • Tamil:
    நீல எருக்கு
  • Telugu:
    ఎర్ర జిల్లేడు
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GENTIANALES
ASCLEPIADACEAE
Calotropis gigantea