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View USF Tampa Plant Record: Asclepias curassavica

Scientific Name Asclepias curassavica
Common Name Milkweed
Family Apocynaceae
Info "Asclepias curassavica, commonly called Mexican Butterfly Weed, Blood-flower, Scarlet Milkweed or, Tropical Milkweed, is a species of flowering plant in the milkweed family, Asclepiadaceae. It is native to the American tropics. Typical plants are evergreen perennial subshrubs that grow up to 1 m (3.3 ft) tall and have pale gray stems. The leaves are arranged oppositely on the stems and are lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate shaped ending in acuminate or acute tips. Like other members of the genus, the sap is milky. The flowers are in cymes with 10-20 flowers each."
Found By "Douglas Franz, Angel Aquino"
Date Found 3/7/2013
Links "http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=1400, http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=200018502, http://www.floridata.com/ref/A/ascl_cur.cfm"
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