Asclepias albens is a widespread South African endemic in summer rainfall grassland from the Eastern Cape to Mpumalanga. It also occurs in Swaziland. The umbel of intricate flowers is dominated by the five-pointed star-shapes of the flower coronas. The pale purplish-brown corollas are already folded far back against the pale green pedicels. Flowering may last from spring to autumn. The leaves are simple, large, ovate and hairy. The fruit is about 5 cm long with fleshy ridges.
Asclepias is a genus of perennial, dicotyledonous plants in the family Apocynaceae, subfamily Asclepiadoideae. There are 140 species worldwide in the genus.
The photo was taken near Giant's Castle in the Drakensberg.
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