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Calotropis gigantea - Arka plant
Calotropis procera is a large shrub growing to 4m tall. It has clusters of waxy flowers that are either white or lavender in color. This plant is belongs to Aslepiacea family.
- 1 Uses
- 2 Parts Used
- 3 Chemical Composition
- 4 Common names
- 5 Properties
- 6 Habit
- 7 Identification
- 8 List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
- 9 Where to get the saplings
- 10 Mode of Propagation
- 11 How to plant/cultivate
- 12 Commonly seen growing in areas
- 13 Photo Gallery
- 14 References
- 15 External Links
The milky sap contains a complex mix of chemicals, some of which are steroidal heart poisons known as "cardiac aglycones".
|Kannada||Ekka, Ekkadagida, Ekkegida|
|Hindi||Aak, Akavana, Madar|
|Sanskrit||Bhaanu, Ravi, Tapana, Arka|
Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.
Tikta (Bitter), Katu (Pungent)
Laghu (Light), Sara, Snigdha
Vatahara, Kaphahara, Bhedana, Deepana, Kshamighna
|Simple||Opposite||Elliptic-ovate to obovate, greyish-green in colour and have entire margins, relatively thick (5-30 cm long and 4-15 cm wide) with a cordate leaf base. Secondary veins 5-7 pairs|
|Type||Size||Color and composition||Stamen||More information|
|Borne in clusters||15-25 mm across||White or Purplish||Five||Flowering occurs mostly during winter|
|Large||6-12 cm long and 3-7 cm wide||These fruit have thick and spongy skins which split open at maturity||Flattened seeds|
List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
- Vishatinduka Taila as root juice extract
Where to get the saplings
Mode of Propagation
How to plant/cultivate
Succeeds in the drier tropics. Most commonly found in areas of the tropics with a specific dry season, at elevations up to 1,000 metres.