Calotropis gigantea (L.) R.Br.

 
  • Family : ASCLEPIADACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Apocynaceae
  • Species : Calotropis gigantea
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Calotropis gigantea (L.) Dryand.
  • Common name : Giant Milk-Weed, Giant Swallow wort Madar Plant
  • Vernacular name : Arka (San.); Madar (Hin.); Ekkada gida (Kan.)
  • Collection Nos : CJS 12075, CJS 13383, NI 14
  • Key identification features : A perennial shrub with milky latex and simple leaves in opposite pairs. Flowers 4 cm. across and showy. Fruit is a pair of follicles with innumerable seeds having white long silky hairs at one end.
  • Habit : Shrub
  • Native : Tropical Asia, Tropical Africa
  • Comments : A common shrub in open arid soils. A good host plant for butterflies.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Bagalkot, Bangalore, Belgaum, Bellary, Bidar, Bijapur, Chamrajnagar, Chikamagalur, Chikkaballapur, Chitradurga, Dakshina Kannada, Davanagere, Dharwad, Gadag, Gulbarga, Hassan, Haveri, Kodagu, Kolar, Koppal, Mandya, Mysore, Raichur, Ramanagara, Shimoga, Tumkur, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Yadgir
  • Floras referred : Saldanha & Nicolson, 1976 - Hassan; Seetharam et al., 2000 - Gulbarga; Rao & Razi, 1981 - Mysore; Keshava Murthy & Yoganarasimhan, 1990 - Coorg; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2003 - Udupi; Manjunath et al., 2003 - Davanagere; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara

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