Botanical name: Pentatropis nivalis Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Asclepias nivalis, Pentatropis fasciculata, Pentatropis rigida
White Milkweed is a perennial twiner, nearly hairless, with tuberous roots. Leaves are very variable, ovate to linear, 2-4 cm long and 0.5-2 cm broad, more or less thick, hairless, with a short sharp point. Flowers are greenish white, about 1.2 cm across, borne in 3-6 flowered cymes. Flower is divided almost to the base, with narrow elongate tepals, corona scales laterally compressed, vertically adnate to the backs of the anthers, with free tips and spurred bases, staminal tube short. Seed-pods are 5-8 cm long, about 1 cm broad, lanceshaped tapering into a beak, smooth, hairless; seeds with long hairs. White Milkweed is native to Tropical Africa, Madagascar, Egypt to India. Flowering: July-November.
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