Asclepias denticulata Schltr.
Asclepias semilunata (A.Rich.) N.E.Br.
Gomphocarpus physocarpus auct.
Gomphocarpus semilunatus is an evergreen shrub growing up to 2 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a fibre plant[
Africa - widespread from the tropics south to S. Africa.
Montane seasonal swamp grassland[
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Succeeds in tropical and subtropical climates.
Plants are deep-rooted and do not transplant readily[
Seedling plants can flower within one year[
The stems are hollow and, when cut, exude a milky latex[
The inner bark yields a strong bast fibre[
]. Fibre length is uneven though an average is about that of cotton. There is an absence of twist which may make it difficult to spin, but if it can be properly handled a soft fabric should be producible[
]. It may be suitable for admixture with cotton[
The fruits contain a floss[
Seed - surface sow and make sure they do not dry out. Make sure the seedlings are potted on as soon as they are large enough to handle, and plant them out when about 20cm tall.
Cuttings of young growth, rooted in a sandy medium[
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