24 Jun 2015

Flowering Plants of Kerala: Golden Trumpet

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Updated on 28th July, 2015

Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Angiosperms - Flowering plants
Class: Dicots
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae (The Oleander family)
Botanical name: Allamanda cathartica
Common Name: Golden Trumpet
Malayalam Name: Manjakolambi
Habit: Perennial Climber

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. 

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The above pictures were taken with Nikon Coolpix. Please click on each picture to get the full view.
Location: My garden at Kottayam, Kerala

Further Reading:

Flowers of India

7 comments:

  1. Beautiful shots Anjana :)
    Nice flowers.

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  2. Absolutely delightful pics. I like the third one best.

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  3. Very colorful and lovely! A happy post. :)

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  4. You can concentrate on how these plants are spreading aesthetic value in our life rather than technical like pronouncing those kingdom to habits. Only a few who are professional can accept it sorry to say I am a research student I don't like your blog post just copying from textbook directly. If you want to be a photographer really remove that scientific terms in your post add some bit of beauty to your post.

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    1. Hi Champati, thank you for your valuable suggestions. I would like to share pictures of my garden. I am referring Wikipedia to get the plant name and family. The post is intended for anyone who is interested in plants or plant names. I will try to add more info in future. Thank you.

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  5. Lovely shot...we call this flower 'kaniyara' in Odisha !!

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