Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Asclepiadaceae
(Milkweed Family)


The Asclepiadaceae are small colorful herbs, sometimes viney, usually with milky sap. The flowers have a set of 5 hoodlike structures forming a corona, which looks like an extra set of thickened, rolled petals. The fruit is a follicle. Inside the follicle are seeds with whitish hairs.

Asclepias asperula (Antelope Horns Milkweed)
Asclepias brachystephana (Shortcrown Milkweed)
Asclepias hypoleuca (Mahogany Milkweed)
Asclepias involucrata (Dwarf Milkweed)
Asclepias latifolia (Broadleaf Milkweed)
Asclepias macrotis (Long horned Milkweed)
Asclepias nummularia (Tufted Milkweed)
Asclepias oenotheroides (Zizotes Milkweed)
Asclepias subverticillata (Poison Milkweed)
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Milkweed)
Asclepias uncialis (Wheel Milkweed)
Funastrum crispum (Wavy-Leaf Milkvine)
Funastrum cynanchoides (Climbing Milkweed)
Matelea producta (Texas Milkvine)


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