This gallery contains images from the Apocynaceae Family (dogbane). Apocynaceae is a large family with five subfamilies, an estimated 424 genera and 1500 species. Most species grow in the tropics or subtropics.
The most prevalent species of this family in the Mountain West is the Milkweed. Milkweed was an important source of fiber for ropes and weaving in Native American cultures. The plants are also important food source of the Monarch Butterflies and bees. Linnaeus named the Milkweed genus Asclepias after the Greek God of healing as certain species of the plant were used in herbal remedies.