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Fam. tradit.: Asclepiadaceae / Milkweed Fam.       APG: Apocynaceae / Periwinkle Fam.
 

Genus:  Araujia  BROT.
 

Authors:
   BROT.:  Felix de Silva Avellar Brotero (1744 - 1828), Portuguese botanist
 

Etymology:
   Araujia:   from the Brazilian name for the Moth Plant
   sericifera:   silk bearing
 

The Moth Plant Araujia sericifera belongs to the Asclepiadaceae and comes from South America. It has been introduced in the 19th century as ornamental plant, in between it has run wild at several locations of Northern Spain. The bloom of the plant, which is called Moth Plant among other names, is clamping the proboscis of moths which are visiting it.

 

Araujia sericifera / Moth Catcher, White Bladderflower, E Zumaia 16.8.2011
Fig. 1:  Araujia sericifera / Moth Catcher, White Bladderflower
E Zumaia 16.8.2011
Araujia sericifera / Moth Catcher, White Bladderflower, E Zumaia 16.8.2011
Fig. 2:  Araujia sericifera / Moth Catcher, White Bladderflower
E Zumaia 16.8.2011
Araujia sericifera / Moth Catcher, White Bladderflower, E Zumaia 16.8.2011
Fig. 3:  Araujia sericifera / Moth Catcher, White Bladderflower
E Zumaia 16.8.2011
Araujia sericifera / Moth Catcher, White Bladderflower, E Zumaia 16.8.2011
Fig. 4:  Araujia sericifera / Moth Catcher, White Bladderflower
E Zumaia 16.8.2011
Araujia sericifera / Moth Catcher, White Bladderflower, E Zumaia 16.8.2011
Fig. 5:  Araujia sericifera / Moth Catcher, White Bladderflower
E Zumaia 16.8.2011
Araujia sericifera / Moth Catcher, White Bladderflower, E Zumaia 16.8.2011
Fig. 6:  Araujia sericifera / Moth Catcher, White Bladderflower
E Zumaia 16.8.2011
Araujia sericifera / Moth Catcher, White Bladderflower, E Zumaia 16.8.2011
Fig. 7:  Araujia sericifera / Moth Catcher, White Bladderflower
E Zumaia 16.8.2011
 
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