Vegetation Diary: Calotropis gigantea (Crown flower)

  Calotropis gigantea (Crown flower). Galgibag beach, Goa.

This plant is a large shrub growing to 4 m tall. It has clusters of waxy flowers that are either white or lavender in colour. Each flower consists of five pointed petals and a small "crown" rising from the centre which holds the stamens. It is poisonous, but extracts can act as a mosquito repellent.

According to Hindu religion the crown flower is very much liked by Lord Shiva and is offered to Lord Shiva for peace, prosperity and stability in society. The Crown flower is also one of the major parts of the nine astrological trees (Navagrah tree). The arrangement of each flower also resembles a Hindu temple!


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