Calotropis procera (Aiton)

Local Name: Akanda.

Synonyms: Chhoto akand, Shet akand.

Scientific Name: Calotropis procera (Aiton).

Family: Asclepiadaceae.

Duration: Pernnial.

Growth Habit: Shrub.

Taxonomic Hierarchy:


KingdomPlantae – Plants
 SubkingdomTracheobionta – Vascular plants
 SuperdivisionSpermatophyta – Seed plants
 DivisionMagnoliophyta – Flowering plants
 ClassMagnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
 FamilyAsclepiadaceae – Milkweed family
 GenusCalotropis R. Br. – calotropis
 SpeciesCalotropis procera (Aiton) W.T. Aiton – roostertree


Images of the Plant part:

Calotropis procera (Aiton) Calotropis procera (Aiton)-akanda

 Figure: Akanda(Calotropis procera (Aiton))

 Plant Descrition:

An erect shrub, up to 2.4 m high; bark soft, corky, spongy, much branched at the base. Leaves sub-sessile, usually 5.7-15 cm long, broadly ovate, ovate-oblong, elliptic or obovate. Flowers white, in umbellate cymes. Follicles 7.5-10 cm long, subglobose, ellipsoid or ovoid.

Chemical constituents:

Various parts of the plant contain cardenolide glycosides, calotropin, calotoxin, uscharin and uscharidin, and a base, choline. Root bark contains alkaloids, benzoyllineolone and bezoylisolineolone. Extract of the plant also contains sterols, triterpenes, uzarigenin, syriogenin, proceroside, calotropagenin, and six of its glucosides.

Used Plant part:

Generally root, root bark, leaves and flowers are used. But the root bark is used for dog bite.


Common use of the plant:

  • Dog bite.
  • Hargila
  • Chest and back pain due to cold.
  • Dyspepsia
  • Guinea worms .
  • Flatulence
  • Constipation


Local Use of the study:

  • Dog bite.

Diagnosis of the disease:

The dog is bitten on the patient. The dog bitten area looks red and make trauma.


Sap is formed by root bark.


Sap is applied to dog bitten area.

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