Calotropis gigantea (L.) W.T.Aiton

This species is accepted, and its native range is S. China to Tropical Asia. It is has environmental uses and social uses, as a poison and a medicine and for fuel and food.

[CPLC]

Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R. & Celis, M. (eds.). 2015. Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá. http://catalogoplantasdecolombia.unal.edu.co

Distribution
Naturalizada en Colombia; Alt. 1100 - 1200 m.; Andes.
Morphology General Habit
Hierba
Conservation
No Evaluada

[UNAL]

Bernal, R., G. Galeano, A. Rodríguez, H. Sarmiento y M. Gutiérrez. 2017. Nombres Comunes de las Plantas de Colombia. http://www.biovirtual.unal.edu.co/nombrescomunes/

Vernacular
algodón chino, algodón de seda, algodón higuerillo, algodoncillo, árbol de seda, capullo, lechoso, palomitas, palomitas de seda, vejigo, vejigón

[FTEA]

Apocynaceae (part 2), David Goyder, Timothy Harris, Siro Masinde, Ulrich Meve, Johan Venter. Flora of Tropical East Africa, 2012

Morphology General
Like C procera but corolla ovoid-truncate in bud, the lobes rotate or somewhat reflexed, margins revolute. Corona lobes ovate, 8–11 mm high, narrowing gradually towards the rounded upper margin, not split apically, but with an auricle ± 1 mm long, either side of the scabrid margin; basal spur 2–4 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pollinia
Pollinia ± 1.6 × 0.6 mm Corpusculum 0.6–0.8 mm long; translator arms ± 0.4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Follicles ovate, 7–10 × 2.5–4 cm, acute and somewhat beaked
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 5–7 × 3–4 mm.
Ecology
Bare and degraded land, often near villages, on sandy soil or coral rock; 1–100 m or ± 1100–1200 m on the shores of Lake Victoria and in the Kenyan Rift Valley
Distribution
Range: Introduced and becoming naturalised in New World tropics Flora districts: K3 K7 T1 T3 T6 Z Range: Mozambique. Almost certainly introduced in Africa, often associated with Indian settlements. Native to S and SE Asia from India to Indonesia

[UPFC]
Distribution
Biogeografic region: Andean. Elevation range: 1100–1200 m a.s.l. Naturalised in Colombia. Colombian departments: Cundinamarca, Huila.
Habit
Herb.
Ecology
Habitat according IUCN Habitats Classification: forest and woodland, savanna, shrubland, wetlands (inland), artificial - terrestrial.

[UPFC]
Use Environmental
Environmental uses.
Use Fuel
Used for fuels.
Use Food
Used for food.
Use Materials
Used as material.
Use Medicines
Medical uses.
Use Poisons
Poisons.
Use Social
Social uses.

Native to:

Assam, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Hainan, India, Jawa, Laccadive Is., Laos, Malaya, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Thailand, Vietnam

Introduced into:

Andaman Is., Angola, Colombia, Cuba, Fiji, Gilbert Is., Hawaii, Kenya, Lesser Sunda Is., Marianas, Mozambique, New Guinea, Northern Territory, Philippines, Phoenix Is., Queensland, Society Is., Solomon Is., Tanzania, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Wake I.

Calotropis gigantea (L.) W.T.Aiton appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Mar 1, 2009 Barbon et al. [8388], Philippines K000229993
Tanner, R. [361], Tanzania 5285.000
Bally, P.R.O. [7935], Tanzania 5286.000
Goyder, D.J. [3933], Tanzania 59789.000
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8214] K001129253
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8214] K001129257
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8214] K001129261
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8214] K001129255
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8214] K001129260
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8214] K001129254
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8214] K001129256
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8214] K001129258
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8214] K001129259
s.coll. [Cat. no. 8214] K001129252

First published in Hortus Kew. 2: 78 (1811)

Accepted by

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Kew Backbone Distributions

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