Akondo, Crown flower, calotropis gigantea

Akondo or Crown flower (calotropis gigantea, family: apocynaceae) is a perennial shrub with branches, attaining a height of 4 m. It grows on fallow lands as weed all over Bangladesh. This tall shrub is also native to South and Southeast Asia and tropical Africa.

Branches and leaves emit milk when snapped. Leaves are whitish green, linear, broadly ovate, 10-12 cm long and 6-10 cm wide. 

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Common names: Crown flower, Akondo.

Flowers are light violet with white shade. Sepals 5, petals 5. Propagation of the plant is caused by seeds. 

It is used in cough, cold, asthma and insect poisoning. 

A white variety of calotropis gigantea is also found in Bangladesh.