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Places where this species can be found :
- Morne Gazo - GRENADA
DescriptionHerb to 60cm. Leaves opposite or 3-whorled.
InterestAcclepias was the Greek God of medicine; some species used medicinally. A common weed poisonous to livestock. The root is esed traditionally in the Caribbeanm to induce vomiting, and used in a similar way to true Ipecacuanha. The leaves can be used against worms, but the plant is toxic. The Caribs, apart from using the plnt thus, use the leaves in baths against 'piai, or bad spells ((Politi, 1996; Honeychurch, 1986). The active principle is said to asclepiadin, which in excess is fatal.
CollectorW.D. Hawthorne, S.Cable & D. Jules
LocationAlong main nature trail.
NotesShrub 50 cm tall. FLOWERS: red and yellow.