CALOTROPIS GIGANTEA - GIANT BLOODFLOWER.|
Giant swallow wort, giant milkweed, bowstring hemp, crown flower, lechoso, madar.
Closely related to the Giant bloodflower (Arka) is Calotropis procera (Alarka). Both have the same properties and can be applied in the same way.
C.gigantea grows up to a height of 8 to 10 ft (2.4 to 3.0 m) and has purple flowers. Both are poisonous; calotropin, a compound in the latex, is more toxic than strychnine. Polination is done by insects (bees)
Active principles are uscharin, calotoxin, calactin, and calotropin.
Cutaneous diseases, intestinal worms, cough, ascites, asthma, bronchitis, dyspepsia, paralysis, swellings, intermittent fevers, anorexia, inflammations and tumors.
Tropics & sub tropics.
Prefers full sun and drier soil.
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