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Swan Plant

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Family Asclepiadaceae
Name Gomphocarpus physocarpus
Common Name swan plant
Etymology
Gomphocarpus From Greek gomphos meaning nail, and Greek karpos meaning fruit.
physocarpus From Greek physa meaning bladder, and Greek karpos meaning fruit, referring to the shape of the fruits.

  See also:  Trees & shrubs

Swan plant is a herbaceus perennial shrub that originates from South Africa. It has oval shapped fruits and with the stem, looks like a swan. The plant is poisonous but is eaten by the caterpilar of the monarch butterfly. This in turn, makes the insects poisonous.



Butterfly

A monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) laying eggs on a swan plant.

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Chrysalis

Chrysalis

Chrysalis

A day before hatching.

Flowers

Flowers

Fruit

With caterpillar and chrysalis.

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