Manipur Forest Flora
A Comprehensive Database of Ligneous Plants of Manipur (India)
Designed & Developed by Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Complete Taxonomic details of Species: Calotropis gigantea (L.) Dryand

Family: Asclepiadaceae Genus: Calotropis Species: Calotropis gigantea (L.) Dryand






Synonym Asclepias gigantea Flower Color White
Common Name Ak, Arka, Mudar,Safed Aak Flower Type Cyme
English / Trade Name Crown Flower, Giant Indian Milkweed Flowering Period April-June
Vernacular /Local Name Angkot Fruiting Period July-Sept
Altitude Up to 1000 m Fruit Type Follicle
Habit Shrub Fruit Details A simple, fleshy, inflated, subglobose to obliquely ovoid follicle up to 10 cm or more in diameter
Habitat Occurs in wastelands, ready colonizer plains from the coast Bark Type Fissured
Distribution India, Sri Lanka, China and Malesia Bark Details Bark yellowish white and furrowed
Distribution in manipur Eastern Origin Native
    Leaf Type Simple
    Leaf Arrangement Opposite (leaves in pairs along stem)
    Leaf Shape Elliptic
Description of Species A large shrub growing to 4 m (13 ft) tall has clusters of waxy flowers that are either white or lavender in colour Leaf Details Leaves 5-30X2.5-15.5 cm, apex abruptly and shortly acuminate

Specimen's Details / Live Plants Details