Apocynum is a genus with about seven species, commonly known as Dogbane and Indian Hemp. The genus occurs throughout most of the temperate Northern Hemisphere, except for being absent from western Europe.

Apocynum species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Mouse Moth.Selected species


Apocynum cannabinum was used as a source of fiber by Native Americans. And Apocynum venetum (Chinese:羅布麻) is used as the herbal tea in China. Dogbane contains cymarin, a cardiogenic toxin that causes cardiac arrhythmia in humans. Cymarin is used in modern medicine in copiously formulated pharmaceutical preparations used to treat a variety of tumors.


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