Scientific Name: Calotropis gigantea
Tamil Name : Erukkum chedi
Description: A shrub 1-1, 5 m tall. Milky latex is present. Leaves are simple and boat shaped. A white powdery coat is present on the leaves. Flowers are bluish purple bunches in capsules, purse like hollow. Seeds are flat and round.
Note: This plant plays host to a variety of insects and butterflies. Calotropis is an example of entomophily pollination (pollination by insects) and pollination is achieved with the help of bees. Calotropis is used as a traditional medicinal plant with unique properties.
Photo source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calotropis_gigantea