Name of this plant

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Morning all, can I please have the name of this plant? Photo was taken at Palm Springs on the Duncan Road in the Kimberley. I can't find it in my plant book of the Kimberley.




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Reply By: Ron A - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 11:36

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 11:36
Looks like Calotropis Procera commonly know as Camel Cabbage
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 11:54

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 11:54
What Ron said, Dunc.

When I worked in Kimberley in '60's- '70's, it was called Rubber Bush as I recall. Probably because of the white sap, which is toxic to humans. When we saw this growing, it was often time to pull on the handbrake, if you were chasing cattle. Often grows in holey country, along creek banks.

Declared weed in the NT. It is mentioned in Rhondda Alexander's book "Plants of the Channel Country", if anyone has a copy.

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Follow Up By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 12:07

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 12:07
Thanks Ron and Bob, I'd heard it was a weed but didn't know it's name. It's a nice looking flower though and didn't know about its toxicity.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Aug 12, 2016 at 08:34

Friday, Aug 12, 2016 at 08:34
Found this photo that I took 12 months ago, at Mary Kathleen Mine, between the Curry & Mt Isa. An "ideal" specimen, I'd say.



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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 11:43

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 11:43
Creeper or shrub Dunc? Currently flowering? Fair chance it could be a "feral".

Edit: Ron's post above has pinned it - yes - a weed.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 11:56

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 11:56
Introduced from Africa and Asia/India, MH, according to my sources.

And it's a shrub, up to 4M.

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Follow Up By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 12:09

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 12:09
Thanks MH and Bob. I just did a web search following the plant being named and also discovered it's source.

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