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|Family: Apocynaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Asclepias||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Asclepias curassavica L.
Habit: Annual, +- hairy. Stem: erect. Leaf: opposite; petiole short; blade lanceolate. Inflorescence: terminal and at upper nodes; peduncle 3--6 cm. Flower: corolla reflexed, bright crimson (yellow or white); hoods elevated above corolla base, at +- same level as anther head, generally yellow or orange; horns exserted, exceeding hoods. Fruit: erect on erect pedicels. Seed: 5--7 mm. Chromosomes: 2n=22.
Ecology: Moist sites; Elevation: < 2000 m. Bioregional Distribution: SW; Distribution Outside California: +- ubiquitous waif of tropics, subtrops; native to Central America and/or South America. Flowering Time: +- all year Note: No evidence of occurrence outside cultivation in California.
Unabridged Note: No evidence of occurrence outside cultivation in California; although escapes cultivation elsewhere in North America, reports conflicting as to whether or not plants naturalized.
eFlora Treatment Author: Thomas J. Rosatti & Carol A. Hoffman
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Previous taxon: Asclepias cryptoceras
Next taxon: Asclepias eriocarpa
Citation for this treatment: Thomas J. Rosatti & Carol A. Hoffman 2017. Asclepias curassavica, Revision 1, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=14363, accessed on February 26, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 26, 2017.