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butterfly weed
Asclepias curassavica
Asclepias curassavica
butterfly weed Dogbane Family
Asclepias curassavica Apocynaceae
common names
  butterfly weed
  wild ipecacuanha
  scarlet milkweed
accepted scientific name
  Asclepias curassavica L.
rules for finding collection records
  Asclepias curassavica (103)
family name
  • Apocynaceae
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Category: Wildflowers
Flowers: Five petals, Round clusters of flowers
Petal colors: color color color
Flower size is about 0.5 inches
Leaf: Opposite, Simple
Plant Observed All Year
Native to the American tropics. Naturalized in Hawaii.

How Likely at this Location (22%)
Name Match (100%)
Plant Showiness (72%)
where plant found
mag select

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Accepted Scientific Name

Asclepias curassavica   L.   (TSN: 30258, Index: 706)

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