Calotropis procera

Scientific name: Calotropis procera (Aiton) W.T. Aiton
Synonym: Asclepias procera Aiton
Botanical family: APOCYNACEAE

Vernacular names

(In territories with significant traditional TRAMIL use)


  • katuna di seda

Other vernacular names

Botanical description

Shrub, 2 to 5 m high, evergreen. Straight, sometimes tortuous, whitish stems; Corky bark with deep fissures in old branches. Glaucous leaves, sessile, oblong-obovate to almost orbicular, 10 to 30 cm, usually cuspidate, armored at the base, with velvety white tomentum when young, glabrous with age. Branched inflorescences, in extra-axillary umbelliform clusters, pedunculate, with many flowers, petals white with purple tips.  Fruits of 3 to 10 cm, swollen follicles, large, obliquely ovoid.

Distribution: Pantropical.


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