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Asclepias curtissii (Curtiss's milkweed)
Cressler, Alan

Asclepias curtissii

Asclepias curtissii A. Gray

Curtiss's Milkweed

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)

Synonym(s): Asclepias aceratoides, Oxypteryx curtissii

USDA Symbol: ASCU8

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

"Perennial herb with slender, pubescent stems to 2 ft or more. Sap milky. Leaves opposite, petioled, nearly glabrous. Flowers clusters at the upper part of the plant. Corolla lobes 5, greenish white, reflexed. Purplish lines occur on the small flowers. Seedpods solitary, narrow, opening to release the hair-tufted seeds." (Bibref 1117)

"Endangered and endemic to Florida. Prefers leached white sand scrub. Name honors Allen Hiram Curtiss (1845-1907), a Virginian who came to Florida in 1875. Curtiss settled in Jacksonville and collected nearly 1,500 species in seven years. During 1880-1881 he traveled about the Keys. After 1900, Curtiss botanized in other southern states and the West Indies." (Bibref 1117)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Follicle

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: Endangered in Florida.
Native Habitat: Scrubs and sandhills. (Bibref 1117)

Additional resources

USDA: Find Asclepias curtissii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Asclepias curtissii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Asclepias curtissii


Record Modified: 2017-08-15
Research By: DEW, NH

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