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Common name: crown flower Scientific name: calotropis Gigantea Geographic area of origin: India Common uses/hazards/importance: . It was a beloved and symbolic flower for ka ali'i nui Lili'uokalani, used for leis, Lotions, and perfumes. Also a home for butterflies and caterpillars. Distinguishing features: looks like a crown. Usually white or purple in color. Date and method of arrival in Hawaii: Arrived in 1871 from India by boat. Indigenous: no Endemic: no Invasive: no Other: Also known as lei pua Kalaunu, used commonly in Hawaiian leis.