White Milkweed
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White Milkweed
P Native Photo: Balkar Singh
Common name: White Milkweed • Hindi: आकरी बेल Aakari Bel • Sanskrit: काकनासिका Kakanasika
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.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg Photographed in Haryana & Maharashtra.

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