Asclepias

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Asclepias

widespread genus of the plant family Asclepiadaceae which contains many poisonous plants, most of them with copious white sap. Contain cardiac glycosides. Cause diarrhea and heart failure syndrome. Includes A. asperula, A. brachystephana, A. curassavica (red cotton bush), A. eriocarpa (A. galioides), A. incarnata, A. labriformis, A. latifolia, A. mexicana, A. pumila, A. physocarpus (Gomphrena physocarpus), A. speciosa, A. subverticillata (A. verticillata), A. syriaca. Called also milkweeds, wild cotton.