Pleurisy Root (Asclepias tuberosa)
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A good quality fibre is obtained from the bark and is used in making twine, cloth etc. It is easily harvested in late autumn after the plant has died down by simply pulling the fibres off the dried stems.
The seed floss is used to stuff pillows etc or is mixed with other fibres to make cloth. It is a kapok substitute, used in life jackets or as a stuffing material. Very water repellent. The floss has also been used to mop up oil spills at sea.
The plant is a potential source of latex, used for making rubber. This species is the only member of the genus that does not have latex in its sap.
The seedpods contain an oil and a wax which are of potential importance.
Candle wicks are made from the seed floss.
The seed contains up to 21% of a semi-drying oil.
Cultivation & Habitat
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