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Published In: Hortus Kewensis; or, a Catalogue of the Plants Cultivated in the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew. London (ed. 2.) 2: 78. 1811. (Feb-May 1811) (Hortus Kew. (ed. 2)) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Contributor Text: S.I. ALI
Type: Type: Herb Hermann vol. 2, p. 74 (BM).
Distribution: Distribution: India, Ceylon, Nepal, Maldive Islands, South China and Malesia.
Comment/Acknowledgements: There is no authentic record of this species from Pakistan. Large specimens of Calotropis procera subsp. hamiltonii (Wight) Ali have erroneously been referred to as Calotropis gigantea (L) Aiton f.


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A large shrub or small tree, 1-5 m tall, young branches covered with white cottony tomentum. Leaves 6-18 x 3-10 cm, elliptic-oblong or obovate-oblong, base cordate, tip acute or shortly acuminate, petiole almost absent to 2 cm, young leaves covered with cottony tomentum becoming subglabrous. Flowers 3-4.5 cm in diameter, purplish or white. Peduncles up to 18 cm long, pedicels 5-8.8 cm long. Sepals 3-4 mm long. Corolla 1.5-2.2 cm long. Fruit 7-10 cm long and 2.5-4.0 cm broad, recurved. Seeds 5-6 mm long, broadly ovate, flat, minute¬ly tomentose, comose.
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