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Figure 1: The giant milkweed Calotropis procera growing as a spreading shrub or small tree has a simple stem with only few branches. (a, b) Large, dark-green leaves in opposite pairs along smooth stem. (c) Beautiful waxy white flowers have deep purple spots or blotches at the base of each five petals. (d) It produces a fleshy fruit with inflated pod containing several brown seeds with white long silky hair. It exudes a milky white latex when cut or broken. St: stem, f: flower, fp: fruit pod, and wl: waxy leaf surface.