2012/11/30

Calotropis gigantea

Da Goddess @ 01:45

Love love love this plant! I’ve been fascinated by it for years. It took until recently for me to learn more about it.

Calotropis gigantea has beautiful, waxy flowers that just don’t look of this world. The aroma from this plant is somewhat on the pungent side (although some sources claim it’s not scented, they certainly weren’t sniffing the plant I was). I wouldn’t dab it behind my ears. Actually, that’s a bad idea anyway, since the sap can be extremely irritating to the skin. It’s part of the milkweed family, which, if you know anything about milkweed, can be very toxic to humans if not handled or prepared correctly. So, it’s not a plant I’d play around with much without knowing the exact side effects it can have on the body.

And with that, I will leave you to these images.

Calotropis gigantea in Balboa Park, San Diego

Calotropis gigantea in Balboa Park, San Diego

Calotropis gigantea in Balboa Park, San Diego

Calotropis gigantea in Balboa Park, San Diego

Calotropis gigantea in Balboa Park, San Diego

3 Comments

  1. Wow, awesome plant and even better photos! The last is my favorite! :D

    Comment by pam — 2012/11/30 @ 06:55

  2. Yep, the last one needs to be entered into a contest or something. Tasty!

    Comment by pam — 2012/11/30 @ 06:56

  3. Awww, thank you, Pam! Maybe I should send you the file and let you play around with it. It’s a little too harshly lit for my liking, but then again, it’s not bad, if I do say so myself

    Comment by Da Goddess — 2012/11/30 @ 13:30

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