Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)
Habit : A shrub.
Habitat and Distribution : Common by the wayside in wastelands, ready colonizer. Plains from the coast, to 900m. India, Sri Lanka, tropical Himalaya, China, Malaysia.
Indigenous Information : Leaves are highly medicinal and sap is applied to the forehead to cure headache.
Other relevent information : Food plant of the Plain Tiger butterfly and painted grasshopper.
Field Tips : Leaves felted, clasping at base, sessile or sub sessile. Milky latex present.
No Comments »
No comments yet.
Leave a comment
Names:English : Giant Milkweed
Irula : Yerukku
Tamil : Yerukku, Arkkam
Hindi : Mudar, Ak
Malayalam : Erikku
Flower:In lateral or terminal panicles, purple or lilac or dull white. Flowering peaks from December-May.
Fruit :A follicle, oblong, inflated. Seeds oblong to ovate. Coma long and silky. Fruiting throughout the year.