Saturday, September 18, 2010


Calotropis gigantean

Crown Flower  E
Wara    S
Erukku    T

This large shrub, which looks like a small tree, sports clusters of waxy flowers that are either white or lavender in are used. 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.

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