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Showy Milkweed
Apocynaceae
Asclepias speciosa


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Flower Petal # 5
Main Color    
Color 2    
Type Categories Useful Parts

Herb




Apocynaceae Family

Asclepias Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Showy Milkweed, Greek Milkweed , Common Milkweed.


Location

This specimen was found in Utah.




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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
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information



Asclepidaceae

Asclepias : From Askelpios, a physician in ancient Greece, or the god of medicine, who professed that he could bring the dead back to life. Askelpios brought Orion back from the dead.
Askelpios is also a constellation, the Serpent Holder.
From each anther, pollen grains are produced in small sacs, called pollinium, that are united in pairs and resemble a set of saddlebags.
Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on the undersides of showy milkweed and some other milkweed plants. The larvae consume the foliage, which is toxic, to make themselves and the adult butterfly stage less palatable to predators.
Butterfly-weed or Pleurisy-root (Asclepias tuberosa) was, and still is used today, in teas to treat lung ailments. The sap of showy milkweed was used to treat skin ailments, such as warts, ringworms and poison ivy.
During World War II, the silky down attached to the seeds of milkweeds was used to stuff pillows, life jackets and flight suits. The down is 5 to 6 times more buoyant that cork. pods were filled with seeds bearing long silky hairs that were used as filler for aviation life jackets.
Boiled buds and young leaves of showy milkweed were eaten by several tribes of Amerindians, and some used the dried latex as chewing gum. Many milkweeds were formerly used medicinally.
The plant contains cardiac glycosides, allied to digitalins used in treating some heart disease.



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