6792.000 Calotropis R. Br.

Description of the genus

Shrubs or small trees. Leaves thick, glaucous (in ours), sessile. Inflorescences composed of lateral umbellate cymes. Calyx lobes ovate-lanceolate. Corolla broadly campanulate; lobes purplish pink. Corona of broad scales, laterally flattened with a dorsal spur. Style head pentagonal. See close-up of flower. Fruit composed of paired inflated follicles, containing seeds with long silky hairs.

Worldwide: 3 species in tropical and warm regions of Africa and India

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

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Other sources of information about Calotropis:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Calotropis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Calotropis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Calotropis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Calotropis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Calotropis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Calotropis
JSTOR Plant Science: Calotropis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Calotropis
Plants of the World Online: Calotropis
Tropicos: Calotropis
Wikipedia: Calotropis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Calotropis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1141, retrieved 28 February 2024

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