Nebraska Academy of Sciences


Date of this Version



1991. Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, XVIII: 127-140. Copyright © 1991, Kaul, Rolfsmeier, and Esch.


The Asclepiadaceae are represented in Nebraska by seventeen native species of Asclepias and one of Cynanchum. Two species are here added to the State's flora: Asclepias asperula and A. purpurascens. Detailed county distribution maps are presented for all species based upon our extensive field and herbarium work, and numerous additions and corrections are made to the maps published in the Atlas of the Flora of the Great Plains in 1977. A map is presented showing the zone of hybridization of A. speciosa with A. syriaca in central Nebraska. Data are given on flowering and fruiting phenology for each species, and floral odors are described.