Gigantic Swallow wort

Gigantic Swallow wort

Scientific name: Calotropis gigantea (L.) Dryand.

Local name: ‘Akand’






Taxonomic Position According to Cronquist (1981)

Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Gentianales
Family Asclepiadaceae
Genus Calotropis
Species gigantea


Botanical Description of Gigantic Swallow Wort

Habit:  perennial shrub


Root: Tap root system


Stem: The stem is about 1-1.5m height, stem is grey

Leaf: Simple, pubescent

Inflorescence: clusters of waxy flowers that are either white or lavender in color. Each flower consists of five pointed petals and a small “crown” rising from the center which holds the stamen.


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