Amruth Home Garden

Amruth HomeGarden draws strength from our age old healing traditions. Generations of our ancestors have spent their lifetime to study plants growing in their neighbourhood and to find out their healing properties for their day to day health care needs.

Calotropis gigantia
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  • Rui (Marathi)

Description: Leaves elliptic to oblong 9-15 x 4-9cm, coriaceous, base auriculate, apex acute, subsessile. Inflorescence and umbellate panicle, (sub) terminal, ca. 10 cm; bracts and bracteoles lanceolate, 1 cm; pedocle ca. 3 cm. Calyx-lobes ovate, valvate, 5 mm, puberulous without, ciliate, glandular. Corolla purple, 4 cm across; lobes ovate, spreading, valvate, 1.5 cm, thick-fleshy, acute. Pollinia pendulous ; pollinial bags oblong, flattened, 2 mm; caudicle indistinct; receptacle 0.7 mm. Corona single, staminal, laterally compressed, basally incurved, horny and 3 - fid at apex, 1.3 cm, pubescent at back. Ovaries 3 mm; styles 1 cm. Follicle oblong, inflated, 8 x 4cm; seeds oblong to ovate, plano-convex, 9 x 6 mm; coma long, silky. Reference: Matthew, K.M. 1983. The Flora of the Tamil Nadu Carnatic. Vol. 2 (3 parts). Rapinat Herbarium, St. Joseph's College, Tiruchirapalli.

How to Grow: MODE OF PROPAGATION : 1.Seed Propagation: Seed Collection: Fully ripe fruits should be collected 2 days before they break open. Hairy growth from the seeds should be removed. Seeds should be collected in the month of August- October. Sowing Method: Seeds should be sown in polybags and covered with sand. Germination Duration: Seeds take 15 days to germinate Germination Percent: 80-90 percent germination BIBLIOGRAPHY-GENERAL Anonymous,Traded Medicinal Plants in India, A Database on Trade, FRLHT, Bangalore

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Suggested Citation: B. S. Somashekhar, G. S. Goraya, D. K. Ved, Unnikrishnan P. M., Ravikumar K., Gangadharan G. G., Suma Tagadur Sureshchandra, Shilpa Naveen, Vijay Srinivas, Venugopal S. N.; Additional inputs: Soumyashree N., Sagar D. Sangale.
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