Fish-net Milkweed

Gomphocarpus semilunatus

Gomphocarpus semilunatus photo © by Michael Plagens

In a marshy area near a perennial stream at Eldoret, Kenya. December 2014.

Milkweeds are usually an easy-to-recognize group of plants. The five pointed flowers usually have a distinct corona about the central stigma and they are very often arranged in an umbrella-like cluster. Bright white latex exudes from broken stems or leaves. Finally the pod-shaped fruits are typically borne in pairs. This species grows as a tall, up to 2m, mostly herbaceous plant. The numerous leaves are linear lance-shaped. The plant prefers moist soil at marsh edges.

Eldoret, Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens Eldoret, Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Asclepiadaceae -- Milkweed Family
(now included in the Apocynaceae -- Dogbane Family)

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Kenya Natural History

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