Trellis-Vine Milkweed

Pergularia daemia

Pergularia daemia photo © by Michael Plagens

On the grounds of the Kitale Nature Conservancy, Kenya. January 2014.

Milkweeds are 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 vine and has been widely cultivated and used for its medicinal purposes.

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

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Kenya Natural History

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