Calotropis procera (Aiton) W.T. Aiton

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Calotropis procera

Photo: Mark Hyde
North of Mutoko, Mutoko CL

Calotropis procera

Photo: Mark Hyde
North of Mutoko, Mutoko CL

Calotropis procera

Photo: Mark Hyde
North of Mutoko, Mutoko CL

Calotropis procera

Photo: Mark Hyde
North of Mutoko, Mutoko CL

Calotropis procera

Photo: Mark Hyde
North of Mutoko, Mutoko CL

Calotropis procera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyanyadzi, Save Valley

Calotropis procera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyanyadzi, Save Valley

Calotropis procera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyanyadzi, Save Valley

Calotropis procera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyanyadzi, Save Valley

Calotropis procera

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Mazowe River, between camp and weir, Hippo Pools

Calotropis procera

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Mazowe River, between camp and weir, Hippo Pools

Calotropis procera

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Mazowe River, between camp and weir, Hippo Pools

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Synonyms:
Common names: Apple of Sodom (English) Giant milkweed (English)
Frequency: Locally common and invasive
Status: Introduced
Description:
Shrub or small tree with a rough corky bark, stems producing copious latex when broken. Leaves glaucous, ± sessile; inflorescence terminal; flowers purplish-pink and white; fruits inflated; seeds with pappus of silky hairs.
Notes: Originally introduced as an ornamental, it is a recorded escape and has become quite widely naturalised and somewhat invasive in places, particularly in Communal areas.
Derivation of specific name: procera: very tall
Habitat: In rocky disturbed areas, particularly in Communal Lands.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa and Asia
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Danaus chrysippus aegyptius (Larval food plant)
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Images last updated: Monday 16 September 2013
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 104 - 105. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 270. Also as Calotropis chirindense?


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Flora of Botswana: Calotropis procera
Flora of Malawi: Calotropis procera
Flora of Mozambique: Calotropis procera
Flora of Zambia: Calotropis procera
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Calotropis procera

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African Plant Database: Calotropis procera
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Calotropis procera
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Calotropis procera
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Calotropis procera
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Calotropis procera
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Calotropis procera
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Calotropis procera
Ispot Southern Africa : Calotropis procera
JSTOR Plant Science: Calotropis procera
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Calotropis procera
Tropicos: Calotropis procera
West African Plants database: Calotropis procera


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Calotropis procera.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145910, retrieved 27 May 2016

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