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: Asclepias procera Aiton
Calotropis busseana K. Schum.
Calotropis inflexa Chiov.
Common names: Apple of Sodom (English) Calotrope (English) Rubber bush (English)
Frequency:
Status: Introduced
Description:
Shrub or small tree 2-4 m tall, with a rough corky bark; stems producing copious latex when broken. Leaves rounded or ovate, glaucous, waxy, thick, ± sessile; base clasping the stem. Flowers 1.5-2.5 cm across, borne in clusters of 3-15; petals white to pink with dark purple or purplish tips. Fruits inflated, grey-green, turning brown when mature, containing numerous seeds each with a tuft of long silky hairs.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: procera: very tall
Habitat: In rocky disturbed areas, particularly in Communal Lands.
Altitude range: Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa and Asia
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Danaus chrysippus aegyptius (Larval food plant)
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Content last updated: Wednesday 29 December 2010
Literature:

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

Binns, B. (1968). A First Check List of the Herbaceous Flora of Malawi The Government Printer, Zomba, Malawi Page 20.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 25.

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?

Witt, A. & Luke, Q. (2017). Guide to the naturalized and invasive plants of Eastern Africa CAB International, UK. Page 298. (Includes a picture).

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Calotropis procera
African Plant Database: Calotropis procera
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Calotropis procera
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Calotropis procera
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Calotropis procera
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Calotropis procera
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Calotropis procera
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Calotropis procera
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Calotropis procera
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Calotropis procera
Ispot Southern Africa: Calotropis procera
JSTOR Plant Science: Calotropis procera
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Calotropis procera
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Calotropis procera
The Plant List (version 1.1): Calotropis procera
Tropicos: Calotropis procera


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Calotropis procera.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145910, retrieved 23 November 2017

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