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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Crown flower (Calotropis gigantea)

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Calotropis gigantea (Crown flower) is a species of Calotropis, native to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and China.



It 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, elegant "crown" rising from the centre, which holds the stamens. The plant has oval, light green leaves and milky stem.


The flowers last long, and in Thailand they are used in various floral arrangements. They were also supposed to be popular with the Hawaiian Queen Liliuokalani, who considered them as symbol of royalty and wore them strung into leis. In India, the plant is common in the compounds of temples. The fruit is a follicle and when dry, seed dispersal is by wind. This plant plays host to a variety of insects and butterflies.

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calotropis_gigantea

20 comments:

  1. 4 meters tall!! that makes for one big beautiful flowering shrub.

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  2. Beautiful shape and color, looks like candy!

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  3. what an amazing photo of the crown flower! just beautiful and interesting!

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  4. Lovely lavander flower with beautiful shape.

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  5. that is really lovely...We used to have that plant and 0n graduation day my m0m will make a nakelace out of the those lovely flowers,she will mixed s0me orchids and then she will put it on my neck lol!

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  6. Wow, that's a very rare flower, I haven't even seen it yet even in PI. Beautiful photos Cher.

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  7. That is an extraordinary flower. The contrast in the light and dark purple make it so beautiful. Wonderful photographs.

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  8. I'm with Liss, that is TALL! They are very pretty. I thought sunflowers were tall at about 5 feet, but this is even taller.

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  9. lovely flowers Cher, and interesting too thanks for sharing them girlash :)

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  10. It does have a very regal appearance. Gorgeous color and shape. Your photos are gorgeous Cher.

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  11. Oh wow amazing! 4 meters...whoa! :)

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  12. I have been looking for the name of this flowers, I saw it at H.P Singapore, Thank you for this post.

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