Can anyone identify this plant?

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Aussietoo, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. Aussietoo

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    I took this pic of a plant I saw when I was in South Africa. No-one there knew what it was and I have been unable to see anything like it in my searches of the web. Can anyone here tell me what it is please?

    (The orange flowers are from another plant)
     

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  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    I've seen this asked about before, it's an Asclepiad (milkweed or milkweed relation) of some sort.
     
  3. Aussietoo

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    Thanks for the prompt response - I'll try searching for examples of those. I found the pod very unusual, and have not seen examples of it on any of the sites I have seen so far.
     
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    Gomphocarpus physocarpus (syn. Asclepias physocarpa). The genus Gomphocarpus is African while Asclepias is essentially American.
     
  5. Aussietoo

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    Many thanks Tony - That seems to be it. I hadn't seen anything like it before.
     

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