Asclepias


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asclepias

(əˈskliːpɪəs)
n
1. (Plants) any plant of the perennial mostly tuberous genus Asclepias; some are grown as garden or greenhouse plants for their showy orange-scarlet or purple flowers: family Asclepiadaceae. Sometimes called: milkweed
2. (Botany) any plant of the perennial mostly tuberous genus Asclepias; some are grown as garden or greenhouse plants for their showy orange-scarlet or purple flowers: family Asclepiadaceae. Sometimes called: milkweed
[Greek asklēpias swallowwort]
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Noun1.asclepias - genus of chiefly North American perennial herbs: silkweedAsclepias - genus of chiefly North American perennial herbs: silkweed; milkweed
dicot genus, magnoliopsid genus - genus of flowering plants having two cotyledons (embryonic leaves) in the seed which usually appear at germination
Asclepiadaceae, family Asclepiadaceae, milkweed family - widely distributed family of herbs and shrubs of the order Gentianales; most with milky juice
milkweed, silkweed - any of numerous plants of the genus Asclepias having milky juice and pods that split open releasing seeds with downy tufts
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Other cases could be given; for instance in plants, the very curious contrivance of a mass of pollen-grains, borne on a foot-stalk with a sticky gland at the end, is the same in Orchis and Asclepias,--genera almost as remote as possible amongst flowering plants.
The doctor, map in hand, recognized the kingdom of Damerghou, an undulating region of great fertility, in which the huts that compose the villages are constructed of long reeds interwoven with branches of the asclepia. The grain-mills were seen raised in the cultivated fields, upon small scaffoldings or platforms, to keep them out of the reach of the mice and the huge ants of that country.
A decline in milkweed (Asclepias spp.) availability in the Midwest is often cited as contributing to the population decline (Pleasants and Oberhauser, 2013; Pleasants, 2017; Thogmartin et al., 2017).
Monarch caterpillars, which feed on plants in the milkweed family, readily feast on Asclepias curassavica.
ex DC.) Ha,P Mathias & Constance [Spreading Scaleseed] Asclepiadaceae Asclepias oenotheroides Cham.
For 16 of these years, I also obtained initial flowering dates of their most important hunting site, inflorescences of common milkweed Asclepias syriaca, which attract great numbers of large insects that provide the main resources for Misumena reproduction (Morse 1982a; Morse & Fritz 1982).
The perennial treatments with snail shell heights from 10 to 15 mm were Lantana camara (Verbenaceae), Kalanchoe blossfeldiana (Crassulaceae), and Asclepias tuberosa (Apocyanaceae).
Aristolochia (6 plant species), Euphorbia (6 plant species), Solanum (5 plant species), and Asclepias (5 plant species) are the plant genera most often reported to induce toxicity (Table 1).
For future butterfly populations I set up a "puddling" area where monarchs, yellow and even tiny white butterflies could sip nectar from a newly planted Asclepias (milkweed), a butterfly favorite.
I loved Unwins Little Growers, designed to get kids interested with attractive bright packaging and fun names to pique their interest: Nasturtium Jeepers Creepers, Antirrhinum Snapdragons, Asclepias Hedgehogs, Mexican hats (coneflowers), sunflowers and Tagetes, pumpkins and courgette balls.
The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), icon of American butterflies and animal migrations, is quite picky when it comes to reproducing: Females lay their eggs exclusively on milkweed plants (Asclepias spp.)--those 140-plus species of low-growing, sun-loving perennials that produce milky sap, showy flowers and silky seeds, and that are notorious for invading disturbed soils.