7/01/2016

toowata milkweed

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NORTH AMERICAN SAIJIKI

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Milkweed

***** Location: North America
***** Season: Summer
***** Category: Plant


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Explanation

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Asclepias L. (1753), the milkweeds,
is an American genus of herbaceous perennial, dicotyledonous plants that contains over 140 known species. It previously belonged to the family Asclepiadaceae, but this is now classified as the subfamily Asclepiadoideae of the dogbane family Apocynaceae.

Milkweed is named for its milky sap, which consists of a latex containing alkaloids and several other complex compounds including cardenolides. Some species are known to be toxic.
Carl Linnaeus named the genus after Asclepius, the Greek god of healing.

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Green Milkweed, Asclepias viridis
flowers in May

. Oklahoma Saijiki .

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Worldwide use

Japan

toowata 唐綿 (とうわた) "Chinese Cotton" flower
Milkweed, Asclepias, アスクレピアス



It was introduced to Japan at the end of the Edo period.

- reference : hana300.com/towata -

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Things found on the way



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HAIKU - and - ZAPPAI


beyond our fence . . .
grazing cows avoid
the milkweed


Shared by Elaine Andre


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