Calotropis procera W.T.Aiton

 
  • Family : ASCLEPIADACEAE
    (Milkweed Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : AAK FAMILY (आक फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : Apocynaceae
  • Basionym : Asclepias procera Aiton
  • Synonym(s) : Calotropis wallichii Wight
  • Species Name (as per The IPNI) : Calotropis procera (Aiton) Dryand.
  • Vernacular name :
    • Safed-ak, Akada, Madar, Ak (Hindi)
    • Bili ekkada gida (Kannada)
    • Vellarukku (Tamil)
    • Jilledu, Erra jilledu (Telugu)
    • Uruko, Arka, Arakh (Oria)
    • Rui (Marathi)
  • Habit : Shrub
  • Habitat : Open, watse, sandy and dry places
  • Comments / notes : The Coal from the roots is used in crackers. Common in waste lands
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the year
  • Distribution :
    • Maharashtra : Akola district
    • Tamil Nadu : Sirumalai Hills (Dindigul district)
    • Haryana : Gurgaon district
  • Exotic/Native : Native
  • World Distribution : India, Afghanistan, Arabian peninsula to Tropical Africa
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature :
    • Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4
    • J.L.Ellis, 1990- Flora of Nallamalais Vol. 2
    • H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 2
    • N.P.Singh, 1988. Flora of Eastern Karnataka
    • Maheshwari K.J (1963). Flora of Delhi: 218
  • Read more :
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Deepak Kumar (2024). India Flora Online. http://indiafloraonline-ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Calotropis procera. Downloaded on 25 May 2024.

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