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Asclepias eriocarpa

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

Asclepias fremontii

Asclepias eriocarpa is a species of milkweed known by the common names woollypod milkweed, Indian milkweed, and kotolo.

Description

Asclepias eriocarpa is an erect perennial herb which is usually coated in a thick layer of white hairs. The leaves are lance-shaped to oval, rippled, and arranged oppositely in pairs or in whorls of 3 or 4. The inflorescence is a large umbel-like cluster of flowers. Each flower is white to cream and usually tinted with bright pink. It has a central array of rounded hoods and a corolla reflexed against the stalk. The fruit is a large, woolly follicle.

Distribution

Asclepias eriocarpa is native to California and adjacent parts of Nevada and Baja California, where it grows in many habitat types, especially dry areas.

Uses

The plant was used as a source of fiber and medicine by several California Indian groups, including the Ohlone and Luiseño.[1] The Concow tribe calls the plant bō’-kō (Konkow language).[2]

Ecology

Asclepias eriocarpa is a specific Monarch butterfly food and habitat plant.

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