Asclepias cryptoceras

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Asclepias cryptoceras
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Genus: Asclepias
Species: A. cryptoceras
Binomial name
Asclepias cryptoceras

Asclepias cryptoceras is a species of milkweed known by the common names jewel milkweed,[1] pallid milkweed, Humboldt Mountains milkweed, and cow-cabbage.[2] It is native to the western United States, where it grows in many types of habitat, especially dry areas. This is a perennial herb growing low against the ground or drooping. It arises from a fleshy, woody rhizome-like root. The thick leaves are round to heart-shaped and arranged oppositely on the short stem. The inflorescence is a cluster of small flowers with centers of bright to dull pink hoods surrounded by pale-colored reflexed corollas. The fruit is a follicle held erect on a small stalk.

The Paiute people used the plant as a medicinal remedy, preparing the roots for headache and sores, and the latex for ringworm.[3]


  1. ^ Payson, Edwin (January 1916). "The Pollination of Asclepias cryptoceras". Botanical Gazette. The University of Chicago Press. 61 (1): 72–74. doi:10.1086/331718. JSTOR 2468759. 
  2. ^ Asclepias cryptoceras. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN).
  3. ^ Asclepias cryptoceras. Native American Ethnobotany. University of Michigan, Dearborn.

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