milkweed family


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Related to milkweed family: dogbane family, Thistle family
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Noun1.milkweed family - widely distributed family of herbs and shrubs of the order Gentianalesmilkweed family - widely distributed family of herbs and shrubs of the order Gentianales; most with milky juice
dicot family, magnoliopsid family - family of flowering plants having two cotyledons (embryonic leaves) in the seed which usually appear at germination
Gentianales, order Gentianales - an order of dicotyledonous plants having gamopetalous flowers; Gentianaceae; Apocynaceae; Asclepiadaceae; Loganiaceae; Oleaceae; Salvadoraceae
asclepiad - any plant of the family Asclepiadaceae
Asclepias, genus Asclepias - genus of chiefly North American perennial herbs: silkweed; milkweed
Araujia, genus Araujia - small genus of South American evergreen vines
genus Cynancum - genus of perennial tropical African lianas
genus Hoya - large genus of climbing shrubs of Australia and Asia and Polynesia
genus Periploca, Periploca - genus of woody vines of warm regions of the Old World
genus Sarcostemma, Sarcostemma - succulent subshrubs or vines; tropical and subtropical India and Africa and Malaysia
genus Stapelia - genus of foul-smelling plants resembling cacti; found from Africa to East India
genus Stephanotis - genus of Old World tropical woody vines
genus Vincetoxicum, Vincetoxicum - genus of chiefly tropical American vines having cordate leaves and large purple or greenish cymose flowers; supposedly having powers as an antidote
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Monarch caterpillars, which feed on plants in the milkweed family, readily feast on Asclepias curassavica.
This last brood will need nectar plants, but Monarchs will only lay their eggs on plants in the milkweed family, Asclepiadaceae.
They sound innocent enough--called "pale swallow-wort" and "black swallow-wort," and both are members of the milkweed family. They've come from Europe, where natural insect and plant disease enemies likely keep them in check.