Apocynum, commonly known as dogbane and Indian hemp, is a genus of the plant family of the Apocynaceae with seven species. Its name is from the Greek: apo, away and cyno, dog, attributed to its toxicity. The genus occurs throughout the temperate Northern Hemisphere, except for western Europe. It is also milkweed's lookalike.
- Selected species
- Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)
- Apocynum cannabinum (dogbane or Indian hemp; North America)
- Apocynum hendersonii (northern Asia)
- Apocynum medium (intermediate dogbane)
- Apocynum pictum (Chinese dogbane; Eastern Asia)
- Apocynum sibiricum (Siberian dogbane; northern Asia)
- Apocynum venetum (European dogbane; Eastern Europe, Asia)
Apocynum cannabinum was used as a source of fiber by Native Americans. Apocynum venetum (Chinese: 羅布麻) is used as an herbal tea in China. Dogbane contains cymarin, a cardiogenic toxin that causes cardiac arrhythmia in humans.
- Treatment from the Jepson Manual
- "Apocynum". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
- UVSC Herbarium - Apocynum
- Edible and Medicinal plants of the West, Gregory L. Tilford, ISBN 0-87842-359-1
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