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Key to Asclepias

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1. Leaves ephemeral (stem generally leafless), narrow-linear

2. Hoods exceeded by anther head ..... A. albicans

2' Hoods much exceeding anther head ..... A. subulata

1' Leaves persistent, narrow-linear to wide-ovate or -elliptic

3. Leaves 1 per node (alternate or subwhorled) ..... A. asperula subsp. asperula

3' Leaves > 1 per node (opposite or whorled)

4. Horn 0 or included in hood

5. Hoods not or ± exceeded by anther head

6. Leaf sessile, blade base clasping stem; corolla dark red-purple ..... A. cordifolia

6' Leaf short-petioled or sessile, blade base rarely clasping stem; corolla green-yellow or white

7. Leaf ± cordate or ovate to ± round; corolla green-yellow, lobes 10–15 mm; fruit glabrous, prickles 0 ..... A. cryptoceras

7' Leaf linear or narrow- to oblong-lanceolate, acuminate; corolla white, lobes 7–8 mm; fruit puberulent, with thread-like prickles ..... [A. fruticosa]

5' Hoods exceeded by anther head

8. Stem decumbent to ± ascending; plant dense-hairy, ± white (appearing woolly at arm's length); tops of hoods exceeding base of anther head (hoods, anther head overlapped) ..... A. californica

8' Stem prostrate (and ± flat); plant ± hairy, green (appearing glabrous at arm's length); tops of hoods exceeded by base of anther head (hoods, anther head not overlapped) ..... A. solanoana

4' Horn exserted from hood

9. Horn generally exceeding hood ..... A. fascicularis

9a. Filament column ± 2 mm; leaves opposite, without clusters of smaller leaves in axils; corolla bright crimson, rarely yellow or white ..... [A. curassavica]

9a' Filament column ± 1 mm; leaves opposite (and reduced, on sterile branches) or whorled, often with clusters of smaller leaves in axils; corolla green-white, purple-tinged or not ..... A. fascicularis

9' Horn at ± same level as to much exceeded by hood

10. Hoods exceeding anther head by at least 1/2 their lengths

11. Hoods at ± same level as exserted horns, ± erect, tips rounded ..... A. nyctaginifolia

11' Hoods much exceeding exserted horns, ± ascending, tips acute ..... A. speciosa

10' Hoods not exceeding anther head by at least 1/2 their lengths

12. Inflorescences at nodes sessile or nearly so ..... A. vestita

12' Inflorescences at nodes peduncled

13. Leaves generally broad-elliptic, rarely lanceolate to ovate, tip obtuse to truncate or notched. (Extirpated) ..... A. latifolia

13' Leaves elliptic, lanceolate, or ovate, tip obtuse to acuminate

14. Leaves opposite or whorled, short-petioled to sessile, blade bases tapered to obtuse, rarely cordate, margins generally not wavy, generally entire; hoods exceeded by to at ± same level as anther head; seed 8–9 mm ..... A. eriocarpa

14' Leaves opposite, generally sessile, blade bases tapered to cordate, margins generally ± wavy and/or ± jagged; hoods ± exceeding anther head; seed 10–13 mm ..... A. erosa

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