Crown flower-Milky weed-Wara Mal

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Crown flower-Milky weed-Wara Mal

Crown flowers bunchCluster of Crown flower
Crown Flower is a  Evergreen, semi-deciduous flowering plant  that native to India and Sri Lanka. Also  native to Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and and several other Asian countries and naturalized to South American Continent . It is use as a herb in Ayurveda medicine in Sri Lanka. Also other countries used the plant as a herb but not only use for the herb in some countries that  they  used in ornamental and industrial purposes. The plant can be found in wet-zone or dry-zone in Sri Lanka as a weed in wild, or disturbed urban lots such as  along road sideways, back yards as well as border of paddy fields and abandoned croplands.
Common Classification
Common NamesGiant Milkweed, Crown flower, Sodom apple
Sinhalese NameWara,  Nil Wara
CategoryWeed  Herb  Wild
Scientific Classification
Scientific NameCalotropis gigantea
FamilyApocynaceae
GenusCalotropis SpeciesC.gigantea
SynonymMadorius giganteus, Periploca cochinchinensis, Streptocaulon cochinchinense
Ecology
Growth HabitTree Shrub Status - Native Indigenous Introduced Exotic
DurationAnnualStatus (controlling)n/a
Propriety
Culinary / Edible NoOther useIndustrial 
Use as HerbYesPoisoned / ToxinYes
Identification
Crown flower ("Wara Mala" In Sinhalese )Leaves of Milky weed or Crown flower plant

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