Laurel-Leaf Milkweed
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Laurel-Leaf Milkweed
P Native Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Laurel-Leaf Milkweed
Botanical name: Genianthus laurifolius    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Asclepias laurifolia Roxb., Secamone laurifolia, Toxocarpus laurifolius

Laurel-Leaf Milkweed is a twinning shrub with hairless stems. Leaves are broadly elliptic, obtusely tapering, base wedge-shaped, stalk slender. Leaves 7-10 x 5-7 cm or larger, nerves slender, spreading, stalk 1.2-4 cm. Flowers are borne in rusty-hairy cymes 2.5-10 cm long and broad. Flowers are 2-3 mm across, of two forms in the same cyme - one small with densely breaded tepals, the other much larger, with oblong, hairless tepals. Seedpods are 12 cm long, 4 mm broad, very slender, round in cross-section, straight. Laurel-Leaf Milkweed is found in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, E Himalaya, Peninsular India.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in Kadra region, North Karnataka.

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