Calotropis procera

Calotropis procera (Aiton) W.T.Aiton


  • Giant Milkweed
  • Sodom`s Apple
  • `asheer عشير
  • `ishar عشر
  • `ushar عشار
  • פְּתִילַת-הַמִּדְבָּר הַגְּדוֹלָה
  • תַּפּוּחַ סְדוֹם
  • ptilat ha-midbar ha-gdola
  • tapuakh Sdom


  •  Thermophilous plants

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Calotropis procera (Aiton) W.T.Aiton

Medicinal Complaints / Uses
System/State Traditional
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/ Administration
Parts Used Source



Mix leaves + ground Capparis spinosa fruits +" khar-el-hadid" (iron debris) & eat a little daily. (TOXIC See CAUTIONS.)

Leaf Z
Oral Health



Use plant latex (Preparation/ Admin. not specified.) (TOXIC See CAUTIONS.)

Latex Z

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Z notes that the milky juice should not be used internally because it is poisonous. He adds that "in wartime it was used to poison wells".

The milky juice (latex) of Calotropis procera is toxic & extremely poisonous. It should not be used internally. Toxic effects include cardiotoxicity (slow heartbeat), testicular toxicity, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions & death.