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Cryptostegia madagascariensis
(Asclepiadaceae)

Madagascar rubbervine

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Rubber vine (Cryptostegia grandiflora) is a fast-growing, bush or climbing plant with pinkish-purple flowers (sometimes white to pink or light purple). Its leaves are shiny, dark green leaves 3 inches long, with triangular, 4-inch seedpods that grow in wing-like pairs. Its sap is a caustic, poisonous white latex. 


Species description or overview

Cryptostegia madagascariensis information from PIER
Information on Cryptostegia madagascariensis as relevant to Pacific Islands is provided by the Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk project (PIER).


Taxonomy & nomenclature

GRIN nomenclature info for Cryptostegia madagascariensis
Nomenclatural information about Cryptostegia madagascariensis is provided by USDA/ARS/NGRP/GRIN.

Cryptostegia madagascariensis information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Cryptostegia madagascariensis, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.

IPNI nomenclature info for Cryptostegia madagascariensis
Nomenclatural information about Cryptostegia madagascariensis is provided by The International Plant Names Index (IPNI).


Impacts

Cryptostegia madagascariensis (Asclepiadaceae): species information from GCW
Information on Cryptostegia madagascariensis as relevant to Pacific Islands is provided by the Global Compendium of Weeds (GCW).


Risk assessments

Cryptostegia madagascariensis weed risk assessment for Hawaii-Pacific
Results of a weed risk assessment for Cryptostegia madagascariensis for the Hawaii-Pacific region are presented by the Hawaii-Pacific Weed Risk Assessment team.


Images

Images of Cryptostegia madagascariensis (Asclepiadaceae) (rubber vine)
Links to high-resolution free images of Cryptostegia madagascariensis (Asclepiadaceae) (rubber vine) by Forest & Kim Starr (USGS) are available here.

Cryptostegia madagascariensis information from the Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Information about Cryptostegia madagascariensis in Hawaii is available from the Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands.

Cryptostegia madagascariensis images from PIER
Images of Cryptostegia madagascariensis provided by the Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk project (PIER).


Distribution

Cryptostegia madagascariensis information from the Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Information about Cryptostegia madagascariensis in Hawaii is available from the Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands.


Books

Identification and biology of nonnative plants in Florida's natural areas (second edition)
Langeland, K.A., H.M. Cherry, C.M. McCormick, and K.A. Craddock Burks. 2008. Identification and biology of nonnative plants in Florida's natural areas (second edition). The University of Florida IFAS Communication Services (Gainesville). 193+ pp. illus. ISBN: 978-0-916287-70-2.


Other resources

Hazards to human health of Cryptostegia grandiflora
This webpage describes the effects of physical contact with rubber vine (Cryptostegia grandiflora).


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