Updated on 28th July, 2015
|Subkingdom:||Tracheobionta – Vascular plants|
|Superdivision:||Spermatophyta – Seed plants|
|Division:||Angiosperms - Flowering plants|
|Family:||Apocynaceae (The Oleander family)|
|Botanical name:||Allamanda cathartica|
|Common Name:||Golden Trumpet|
The plant is so-called because of its trumpet shaped golden yellow funnel-shaped flowers. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental. The plant is notable for its medicinal properties as well, but if not properly prepared can be toxic at the same time. The extract of Allamanda leaves, stems and flowers have in-vivo anti-tumor activities against leukemia in mice and against human carcinomamia of the nasopharynx in culture. Leaf and root decoction of Allamanda are used as a laxative and emetic in traditional medicine. The leaves, root, flowers can be used in the preparation of a powerful cathartic (hence got the name cathartica). The milky sap is known to possess antibacterial and anticancer properties, however it can also cause skin and eye irritation.
The above pictures were taken with Nikon Coolpix. Please click on each picture to get the full view.
Location: My garden at Kottayam, Kerala
Flowers of India