Dogbane (Apocynaceae) Family
Description: This shrub or small tree grows to about 9 meters (27 feet), with alternate, very straight, dark green leaves. Its flowers may be white, yellow, red, pink, or intermediate colors. Its fruit is a brown, podlike structure with many small seeds.
All parts of the plant are very poisonous. Do not use the wood for cooking; it gives off poisonous fumes that can poison food.
Habitat and Distribution: This native of the Mediterranean area is now grown as an ornamental in tropical and temperate regions.
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