Asclepias curassavica L.

  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Apocynaceae
  • Species : Asclepias curassavica
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Asclepias curassavica L.
  • Common name : Garden Silk-Weed
  • Vernacular name : Kakathundi (Hin.); Chadurangada gida (Kan.); Chemullichedi (Tam.); Jilledu mandaram, Agni jilledu (Tel.); Kakanasa (San.)
  • Key identification features : A tall erect herb with milky latex and linear, opposite, simple leaves. Flowers (1-1.5 cm. across) in terminal clusters. Gynostegium is stipitate. Fruit is a pair of follicles. Seeds many with white silky hairs.
  • Habit : Herb
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the Year
  • Native : Tropical America
  • Comments : Occasionally on hills above 500 m, in marshy land, along stream banks etc. Cultivated in gardens.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Throughout Eastern Ghats
  • World Distribution : Tropical America; Naturalized in tropics
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; N.P.Singh, 1988. Flora of Eastern Karnataka; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Arun Singh R., Deepak Kumar, Raja K Swamy and Navendu Page (2016). Digital Flora of Eastern Ghats. curassavica. Downloaded on 16 July 2020.


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