Madar Flower – Things you didn’t know…

Calotropis gigantea (Locally known as the Madar Flower)

“The flowers last long, and in #Thailand they are used in various floral arrangements. They were also supposed to be popular with the Hawaiian Queen Liliuokalani, who considered them as symbol of royalty and wore them strung into leis. While in Cambodia, they are used in funerals to decorate the urn or sarcophagus and the interior of the house holding the funeral. The fruit is a follicle and when dry, seed dispersal is by wind. In Indonesia its flowers are called widuri.

“Calotropis yields a durable fiber (commercially known as Bowstring of India) useful for ropes, carpets, fishing nets, and sewing thread. Floss, obtained from seeds, is used for stuffing purposes. Fermented mixture of Calotropis and salt is used to remove the hair from goat skins for production of “nari leather” and of sheep skins to make leather which is much used for inexpensive book-binding (Singh et al. 1996). Fungicidal and insecticidal properties of Calotropis have been reported.Ganapathy and Narayanasamy 1993).

In India, the plant is common in the compounds of temples and is known as Madar in Hindi: मदार. Its leaf (Marathi: rui) is one of the five leaves used in the Panch Pallava, a ritual assortment of five different leaves used as a totem by the Maratha culture in India.

It is known as වරා (waraa) in Sinhala. It is known as Aakonda in Bengali.” – Wikipedia

Picture: Mardar Flowers, Guyana