Calotropis gigantea

Calotropis gigantea

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(Giant Rubber Bush, King’s Crown, Calotrope)

FAMILY

Apocynaceae / Asclepiadaceae

Species

Calotropis gigantea

Common name(s)

Giant Rubber Bush, King’s Crown, Calotrope

Flower colour; life form

Flowers mauve. Shrub to 5 m tall, much-branched

Distinguishing features

Stems brittle, milky latex present. Leaves opposite, grey-green, waxy, thick. Flowers with mauve-pink petals and a central corona resembling a crown. Follicles bladder-like producing numerous plumed seeds. Grows from cuttings. Poisonous properties.

Calotropis gigantea