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Gomphocarpus fruticosus (Arizona milkweed)

Wikipedia Abstract

Gomphocarpus fruticosus (syn. Asclepias fruticosa) is a species of milkweed native to South Africa. It is also common in New Zealand where it is the main host of the Monarch butterfly. The plant's tissues contain sufficient cardenolides that consumption of significant quantities of the plant's leaves, stems, or fruit may lead to death in livestock and humans. The species is closely related to Gomphocarpus physocarpus.
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Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-Low
Lifespan [2]  Perennial
Structure [2]  Herb

Prey / Diet

Gomphocarpus fruticosus (Arizona milkweed)[3]


Aphis nerii (Oleander aphid)[3]
Danaus chrysippus (Plain Tiger)[3]
Danaus plexippus (Monarch Butterfly)[4]
Euploea core (Oleander butterfly)[3]
Gomphocarpus fruticosus (Arizona milkweed)[3]


Parasitized by 
Danaus plexippus (Monarch Butterfly)[3]


North America;

External References

USDA Plant Profile



Attributes / relations provided by
1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Plant-SyNZ™ database
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