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Green Antelope Horn Milkweed
Apocynaceae
Asclepias asperula


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Flower Petal # 5
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Type Categories Useful Parts

Herb




Apocynaceae Family

Asclepias Genus

Location

Found on Mount Olympus in Utah.

Physical Description
herbaceous plant, it is a perennial. Somewhat decumbent. The flowers have 5 Regular Parts. They are green with purple hoods.




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Apocynaceae
Gentianales
Gentianales
Euasterids I
Euasterids I
Real Stars Group One
Asteridae
Asteridae
Class of Stars (Daisies)
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
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Euphyllophytina
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Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
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Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
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Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Classified as Asclepiadoideae
It previously belonged to the family Asclepiadaceae, but this is now classified as a subfamily Asclepiadoideae of the dogbane family Apocynaceae.

Milkweed is named for its milky juice, which contains alkaloids, latex and other chemicals.

Although considered toxic, there are many folk-medicinal uses for the milkweed plants.

Antelope-Horn Milkweed (Asclepias viridis)

Antelopehorn milkweed

Attracts butterflies, and caterpillars.

The pollen is grouped into complex structures called pollinia (or "pollen sacs"), rather than being individual grains or tetrads, as is typical for most plants.

When a pollinator, like a bumble bee touches the pollinia, it "grabs" the pollinator's foot. When the pollinator goes to another Milkweed flower, the pollinia fall back into the stamen when the pollinator's foot rubs against the little slits between the anthers.

The seeds have silk-like filaments that carry them in the wind.

The young shoots, young leaves, flower buds and immature fruits are all edible, however it is important to make sure that they are thoroughly and completely cooked before eating them; otherwise they are still toxic.

Milkweed has more potential for commercial processing than any other indigenous bast fiber plant, with estimated yields as high as hemp and quality as good as flax.

The flower nectar has a high glucose content and was used by natives as a sweetener.



Wild Mountain Milkweed - Flower
Wild Mountain Milkweed - Flower - June 07, 2009



Wild Mountain Milkweed - Flower
Wild Mountain Milkweed - Flower - June 07, 2009

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