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Calotropis gigantea Milkweed Biduri Asclepiadaceae

Callotropis-giganthea, Milkweed, Asclepiadaceae,  Biduri


Callotropis-giganthea, Milkweed, Asclepiadaceae,  BiduriUseful Calotropis gigantea R.Br. Asclepiadaceae, commonly known as milkweed or swallow-wort, is a common wasteland Callotropis-giganthea, Milkweed, Asclepiadaceae,  Biduri
Calotropis grows wild up to 900 m on a variety of soils in different climates, sometimes where nothing else grows
Flowers white to purple, rarely light green yellow or white. Flowers not scented
Calotropis is used as a traditional medicinal plant.
Traditionally alotropis is used alone or with other plants to treat common disease such as fevers, rheumatism, indigestion, cough, cold, eczema, asthma, elephantiasis, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea .
dried whole plant is a good tonic, expectorant, depurative, and anthelmintic. The dried root bark is a substitute for ipecacuanha. The root bark is febrifuge, anthelmintic, depurative, expectorant, and laxative. The powdered root used in asthama, bronchitis, and dyspepsia. The leaves are useful in the treatment of paralysis, arthralegia, swellings, and intermittent fevers. The flowers are bitter, digestive, astringent, stomachic, anthelmintic, and tonic .
Calotropis yields a durable fiber (commercially known as Bowstring of India) useful for ropes, carpets, fishing nets, and sewing thread. Floss, obtained from seeds, is used for stuffing purposes.