|my garden Cynanchum|
Being an uncommon plant, Cynanchum ascyrifolium has no common name, but this morning I was inspired by a report on NPR to look further into the world of Cynanchums. The name 'cynanchum' is from the Greek words meaning 'dog-choker.' Some 'common' names for members of the genus include 'cruel plant' and 'mosquito-trap plant' and 'swallow-wort.' And the genus name is sometimes given as Vincetoxicum.
|a dog-strangling field in Michigan|
Photo of field is courtesy of John M. Randall, the Nature Conservancy, Bugdom.com.