Giant milkweed

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Rajesh Sachdev

Jun 15, 2008, 2:51:36 AM6/15/08
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Hi all,
the first flower of the season shot at Tungareshwar.

Rajesh Sachdev
Wild Mumbai Nature Conservation
Mumbai, India.
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J.M. Garg

Jun 15, 2008, 5:26:01 AM6/15/08
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Hi, Rajesh ji,
It's a giant size (2154 KB) photo. Pl. post it again in a separate mail with each file size max. upto 150 KB as per posting guidelines. 

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Rajesh Sachdev

Jun 15, 2008, 5:50:22 AM6/15/08
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OK resending it again.....

Rajesh Sachdev

Jun 15, 2008, 6:34:02 AM6/15/08
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If you guys could notice, there is litle white crab spider on one of the flowers on it.
find it out..................


J.M. Garg

Jun 15, 2008, 11:41:48 AM6/15/08
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Here are some extracts from Wikipedia link:

Calotropis gigantea (Crown flower) is a species of Calotropis, native to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and China.

It is a large shrub growing to 4 m tall. It has clusters of waxy flowers that are either white or lavender in colour. Each flower consists of five pointed petals and a small, elegant "crown" rising from the centre, which holds the stamens. The plant has oval, light green leaves and milky stem.

The flowers last long, and in Thailand they are used in various floral arrangements. They were also supposed to be popular with the Hawaiian Queen Liliuokalani, who considered them as symbol of royalty and wore them strung into leis. In India, the plant is common in the compounds of temples. The fruit is a follicle and when dry, seed dispersal is by wind. This plant plays host to a variety of insects and butterflies.

Here are links & data from Indiantreepix Database:
Calotropis gigantea Apocynaceae Aak, Milkweed, Crown flower, Mandar, Gigantic swallow-wort, Madar Flowering at Honeymoon Island, Chilika. Feb. 2008- Sibdas ji. 
Calotropis gigantea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A Calotropis - indiantreepix | Google Groups Calotropis gigantea

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