Cadaba is a lovely shrub which attracts a host of butterflies like small orange tip,white orange tip and crimson tip. We found this plant with beautiful flowers in Valley school and Jalahalli . For Butterfly watchers this plant is held with high degree of reverence . We noticed that this plant is present only in the outskirts of the city so picked up a few seeds from the plant. I have planted some seeds in my garden , hopefully this shrub will sprout someday will attract butterflies and keep mosquitoes away.
But to our dismay this plant has been declared as critically endangered by the IUCN. If we lose this species we will be losing the butterflies dependent on this plant. We can conserve this species by planting this in our neighborhoods .
Cadaba fruiticosa is a Larval host plant for Crimson tip. If we do not conserve this plant we will not see this butterfly anymore.
Recent studies show that this plant has effective mosquito control properties and can act as an eco-friendly biopesticide for further vector control programs. The critically endangered Cadaba fructiosa has been proved as a possible solution to tackle Dengue For more info :http://pelagiaresearchlibrary.com/asian-journal-of-plant-science/vol2-iss5/AJPSR-2012-2-5-633-637.pdf
Plant extracts of Cadaba have been used extensively in the Siddha System of medicine.
The link below is a very good guide conserve wild ornamental species
Instead of having ornamental plants at home we can plant Cadaba which attracts butterflies and keep the mosquitoes away.If you need seeds please let me know , I will pick it for you in my next trail.