How the Syrian Milkweed Got Its Name

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This seems like a short book and it is in the number of pages. It is a long book in terms of the quest through many old botanical papers in search of the reason a common milkweed in North America only is called the Syrian milkweed courtesy of Linnaeus.

The Common Milkweed was taken to Europe in the late 1500s for botanists to study. They knew it was native to the eastern New World. Yet Linnaeus named it Asclepias syriaca, the Syrian milkweed. Why? The answer was buried in old botanical papers written in Latin. This book has translations from these papers along with commentary showing where the mix up occurred.

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