Asclepias amplexicaulis

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Asclepias amplexicaulis
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Genus: Asclepias
Species: A. amplexicaulis
Binomial name
Asclepias amplexicaulis
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Asclepias amplexicaulis, the blunt-leaved milkweed or clasping milkweed, is a species of milkweed, in the subfamily Asclepiadaceae,.[1] It is native to the United States, where it is mostly found in the central and eastern regions.[2][3] It is found growing in dry fields and open woods, usually in sandy soil.[4]

It grows 1–3 feet high and produces flowers in the summer.[4]

This plant was eaten as food historically. However, it contains a poison dangerous to humans and livestock, so caution must be used if ingesting this plant.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Asclepias amplexicaulis at USDA PLANTS Database
  2. ^ "Asclepias amplexicaulis". County-level distribution map from the North American Plant Atlas (NAPA). Biota of North America Program (BONAP). 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Asclepias amplexicaulis at Wildflowers and Grasses of Kansas Archived February 16, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b Asclepias amplexicaulis at Connecticut Botanical Society
  5. ^ http://www.museum.state.il.us/muslink/prairie/htmls/plants/A-amplexicaulis.html