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Crown Flower


Species Identification Sheet Common name: Crown Flower Scientific name: Calotropis gigantea Geographic area of origin: It is originated in southeast Asia. Common uses/hazards/importance: They are commonly used for lei. They are also used to decorate urns in Cambodia. Some people will get a rash from the sap. Distinguishing features: A shrub growing up to 4m tall. There are clusters of waxy flowers, with a purple and white coloring. Flowers have five Petals and a small "crown". Date and method of arrival in Hawaii: They were brought in by early settlers and became a favorite of queen Liliuokalani. Indigenous? Yes/no. No Endemic? Yes/no. No Invasive? Yes/no. No Other interesting historical, cultural, or ecological information:

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