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Calotropis procera

Common names

Asclepias procera, Sodom's Apple, Giant Milkweed, mudar, osher, stabragh, ushar, ushaar

My notes

Found only in Doha.

Extract from Wikipedia article

Calotropis procera (known by the common names apple of Sodom, Sodom apple, mudar, or osher or stabragh) is a species of flowering plant in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae, that is native to North Africa, Tropical Africa, Western Asia, South Asia, and Indochina. It is commonly known as apple of Sodom, a name derived from the Hebrew Tapuah Sdom. The green globes are hollow but the flesh contains a toxic milky sap that is extremely bitter and turns into a gluey coating resistant to soap.

LinkFlowers of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) growing near entrance of Dar Al Salam Compound. Doha, Qatar, February 25, 2012
LinkHoney bee on a flower of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) growing from a wall of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, April 11, 2012
LinkBee on opening flower of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera, local name ashkhar) growing from a wall of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, April 11, 2012
Location on mapsAl Wakra Main St, Doha, Qatar
LinkDense multiflowered inflorescence (umbellate cyme arising from the nodes and appearing axillary or terminal) of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera, local name ashkhar) growing from a wall of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, April 11, 2012
Location on mapsAl Wakra Main St, Doha, Qatar
LinkDense multiflowered inflorescence of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera, local name ashkhar) growing from a wall of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, April 11, 2012
Location on mapsAl Wakra Main St, Doha, Qatar
LinkBlooming branch with fruits (fleshy, inflated, subglobose follicle) of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera, local name ashkhar) growing from a wall of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, April 11, 2012
Location on mapsAl Wakra Main St, Doha, Qatar
LinkPentamerous flowers of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera, local name ashkhar) growing from a wall of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, April 11, 2012
Location on mapsAl Wakra Main St, Doha, Qatar
LinkSide lit flowers of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera, local name ashkhar) taken from a plant growing from a wall of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, April 11, 2012
Location on mapsAl Wakra Main St, Doha, Qatar
LinkFront lit flowers of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera, local name ashkhar) taken from a plant growing from a wall of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, April 11, 2012
Location on mapsAl Wakra Main St, Doha, Qatar
LinkClose up of a flower of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera, local name ashkhar), with 5-lobed calyx, taken from a plant growing from a wall of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, April 11, 2012
Location on mapsAl Wakra Main St, Doha, Qatar
LinkInflorescence of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera, local name ashkhar) taken from a plant growing from a wall of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, April 11, 2012
Location on mapsAl Wakra Main St, Doha, Qatar
LinkFlowers (without leaves) of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera, local name ashkhar) taken from a plant growing from a wall of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, April 11, 2012
Location on mapsAl Wakra Main St, Doha, Qatar
LinkDehisced seedpod (follicle) releasing seeds (silky white pappus) of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) growing from a wall of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, April 14, 2012
Location on mapsAl Wakra Main St, Doha, Qatar
LinkSeeds of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) with attached coma (tuft of fluff) taken from a plant growing from a wall of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, April 14, 2012
Location on mapsAl Wakra Main St, Doha, Qatar
LinkAphids sucking toxic latex of green seed pod of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) taken from a plant growing from a wall of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, April 14, 2012
Location on mapsAl Waab St, Doha, Qatar
LinkLadybug on a leaf of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 5, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkAphids on flower buds of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 5, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkFly on Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 5, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkBee flying from a flower of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 5, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkCluster of flowers of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 5, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkInflorescence of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 5, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkOleander aphids (milkweed aphid, Aphis nerii Boyer de Fonscolombe) killed by parasitic wasps Aphidius colemani on seed pods of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 13, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkOleander aphid (milkweed aphid, Aphis nerii Boyer de Fonscolombe) on seed pods of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 13, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkOleander aphid (milkweed aphid, Aphis nerii Boyer de Fonscolombe) feeding on seed pods of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 13, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkHoverfly (Syrphidae) on Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 13, 2013
Location on mapsMesaimeer Rd, Doha, Qatar
LinkLadybug on Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 13, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkOleander aphid (milkweed aphid, Aphis nerii Boyer de Fonscolombe) and its swollen mummy killed by parasitic wasps Aphidius colemani on seed pods of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 14, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkFlowers of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 14, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkLadybug eating aphids on Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 14, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkHoney bee on Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 14, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkHoney bee on a flower of on Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 14, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkOpening flowers of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 14, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkHoney bee on a pistil of a flower of on Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 14, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkClose up of flowers of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 14, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkClose up of honey bee on a pistil of a flower of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 14, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkOleander aphid (milkweed aphid, Aphis nerii Boyer de Fonscolombe) and its mummies killed by parasitic wasps Aphidius colemani on seed pods of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 14, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkFlowers of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) with a hovering bee in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 14, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkFlower of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) with a sitting bee in Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 14, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkLadybug with half dead aphids on Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) near stone fence of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 26, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkTwo ladybugs on a leaf of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) near stone fence of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 26, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkHoney bee on a flower of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) near stone fence of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 26, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkOleander aphid (milkweed aphid, Aphis nerii Boyer de Fonscolombe) feeding on seed pods of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) near stone fence of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 26, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkDehisced seedpod (follicle) releasing seeds (silky white pappus) of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) near stone fence of Dar Al Salam Compound, Abu Hamour area. Doha, Qatar, March 26, 2013
Location on mapsAbu Hamour, Doha, Qatar
LinkAlleyway near Umm Wishah Street with Sodom Apple tree (Calotropis procera), Musheirib area. Doha, Qatar, May 24, 2013
Location on mapsUmm Wishad Street, Doha, Qatar
LinkOld wooden door with a bush of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) at Hadramout Street, Al Doha Al Jadeeda area. Doha, Qatar, June 1, 2013
Location on mapsHadramout St, Doha, Qatar
LinkFlowers of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) between Dar Al Salam Compound and Haloul Street in Abu Hamour. Doha, Qatar, June 27, 2013
Location on maps11 Haloul Street, Doha, Qatar
LinkClose up of flowers of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) between Dar Al Salam Compound and Haloul Street in Abu Hamour. Doha, Qatar, June 27, 2013
Location on maps11 Haloul Street, Doha, Qatar
LinkFlower buds of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) between Dar Al Salam Compound and Haloul Street in Abu Hamour. Doha, Qatar, June 27, 2013
Location on maps11 Haloul Street, Doha, Qatar
LinkMilkweed bugs on flowers of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) between Dar Al Salam Compound and Haloul Street in Abu Hamour. Doha, Qatar, June 27, 2013
Location on maps11 Haloul Street, Doha, Qatar
LinkFlowers and fruits of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) between Dar Al Salam Compound and Haloul Street in Abu Hamour. Doha, Qatar, June 27, 2013
Location on maps11 Haloul Street, Doha, Qatar
LinkHovering violet carpenter bee (Xylocopa violacea) near flowers of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) between Dar Al Salam Compound and Haloul Street in Abu Hamour. Doha, Qatar, June 27, 2013
Location on maps11 Haloul St, Doha, Qatar
LinkBlue carpenter bee (Xylocopa violacea) on flowers of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) between Dar Al Salam Compound and Haloul Street in Abu Hamour. Doha, Qatar, June 27, 2013
Location on maps11 Haloul Street, Doha, Qatar
LinkRound golden brown swollen mummies of oleander aphid (milkweed aphid, Aphis nerii Boyer de Fonscolombe) killed by parasitic wasps Aphidius colemani on seed pods of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) collected near Dareen Tower in West Bay. Doha, Qatar, February 1, 2014
LinkSeeds of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) with tuft of fluff taken from Al Sham Street in West Bay. Doha, Qatar, March 8, 2014
LinkFluffy seeds of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) taken from Al Sham Street in West Bay. Doha, Qatar, March 8, 2014
LinkFluff attached to seeds of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) taken from Al Sham Street in West Bay. Doha, Qatar, March 8, 2014
LinkSodom Apple (Calotropis procera) on Zurara Bin Amir Street in Al Doha Al Jadeeda area. Doha, Qatar, March 21, 2014
Location on mapsZiyad Bin Eyad, Doha, Qatar
LinkSodom Apple (Calotropis procera) on Al Sham Street in area of West Bay. Doha, Qatar, April 11, 2014
Location on mapsAl Sham Street, Doha, Qatar
LinkYellow leaf of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) on Al Sham Street in area of West Bay. Doha, Qatar, April 11, 2014
Location on mapsAl Sham Street, Doha, Qatar
LinkFlowers of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera) on Al Sham Street in area of West Bay. Doha, Qatar, April 17, 2014
Location on mapsAl Sham Street, Doha, Qatar
LinkSodom Apple (Calotropis procera) on roadside of Al Istiqlal Street in West Bay. Doha, Qatar, April 22, 2014
Location on mapsAl Istiqlal Street, Doha, Qatar
LinkDry flowers on the ground of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera, local name ashkhar) on Al Istiqlal Street in West Bay. Doha, Qatar, May 6, 2014
Location on mapsAl Istiqlal St, Doha, Qatar
LinkDry flowers of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera, local name ashkhar) littering the ground near Al Istiqlal Street in West Bay. Doha, Qatar, May 7, 2014
Location on mapsAl Istiqlal Street, Doha, Qatar
LinkFruits of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera, local name ashkhar) near Al Istiqlal Street in West Bay. Doha, Qatar, May 7, 2014
Location on mapsAl Istiqlal Street, Doha, Qatar
LinkSodom Apple (Calotropis procera) on Al Sham Street in West Bay. Doha, Qatar, October 20, 2014
Location on mapsAl Istiqlal Street, Doha, Qatar
LinkSodom Apple (Calotropis procera) on Al Sham Street in West Bay. Doha, Qatar, February 19, 2015
Location on mapsAl Sham Street, Doha, Qatar
LinkDry fruit of Sodom Apple (Calotropis procera, local name ashkhar) collected from Al Sham Street in West Bay. Doha, Qatar, April 6, 2016

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