Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Blue giant milkweed (Calotropis gigantea)






Those photos Blue giant milkweed (Calotropis gigantea) above were taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. This plant is from the family of Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed).I really love to see those soft bluish white of the new bloom star like petals. At the top of the flower there stay beautiful flower part that resembles the crown of old time king from Mahabharata story.   

Kingdom:  Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom:  Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision:  Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division:  Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class:  Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass:  Asteridae Order Gentianales
Family:  Asclepiadaceae – Milkweed family
Genus:  Calotropis R. Br. – calotropis
Species:  Calotropis gigantea (L.) W.T. Aiton – giant milkweed

Reference:
http://plants.usda.gov/java/ClassificationServlet?source=profile&symbol=CAGI11&display=31

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