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Asclepias fruticosa

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Subject: Monarch butterfly, Asclepias physocarpa
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Asclepias fruticosa

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

Asclepias fruticosa (syn. Gomphocarpus fruticosus) is a species of milkweed native to South Africa.[1] The plant's tissues contain sufficient cardenolides that consumption of significant quantities of the plant's leaves, stems, or fruit may lead to death in livestock and humans.[2][3][4]

The species is closely related to Asclepias physocarpa.


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