Caustic Vine

Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Sarcostemma
Species: viminale
Main Flower Colour: Other

Description

Members of the genus Sarcostemma are known as climbing milkweeds or caustic bushes. They are found across Africa and tropical Asia, in Australia, and in parts of North America. These plants are perennial flowering shrubs with trailing vines or lianas. They are often adapted to heat and/or desert conditions. Some have few or no leaves and photosynthesize in the tissues of the green stems. The soft stems are filled with a milky white latex that is poisonous and caustic in some species.

Sarcostemma viminale is a shrub or climber, 0.3-5 m high. Flowers are white/cream-yellow-green. It grows on sand, gravel, skeletal soils, sandstone, limestone, laterite, rock outcrops and slopes.

Flowering start in January and ends in November.

Identification

The main flower colour is other.

References

http://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/13008
WildflowerID519
Views (per week)19
Views3531

Location

Bio Regions

GID - Gibson Desert

Specifics

Gibson Desert, WA but widely distributed over inland areas.

Related Blogs

The following are links to Members' Blogs that contain the words "Caustic Vine" OR "Sarcostemma" OR "Apocynaceae". Creating Blogs is restricted to Members only. Not a Member? Join here.

There are no blogs available. Results based on search "Caustic Vine" OR "Sarcostemma" OR "Apocynaceae"

Comments & Reviews(1)

Post a Comment
You must be registered and logged in to post here.



Registration is free and takes only seconds to complete!
Loading...
Add Photos & Files
Edit Wildflower
Alert Admin

Popular Content