Plant ID forum: Please id this butterfly plant

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mkb136
Apr 21, 2016 8:41 AM CST
Hi this has leaves that look like small papaya plant sends up little inflos with very small white flowers. Butterflys love this!
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Apr 21, 2016 8:58 AM CST
Chaya (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius)

It's also called Spinach Tree, because when it's cooked properly, it can substitute for dark leafy vegetable in tropical zones. Can be poisonous if not cooked correctly!
Host plant for Zebra butterfly.

mkb136
Apr 21, 2016 10:44 AM CST
Hi thank you for this i think I,ll pass on eating it. I have pic's from last year swallowtails all over it. Bought it from a older woman that sells plants from her home. To start with thought it was papaya. She did not know got a piece from her sister lol
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
Texas Gardening
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Bubbles
Apr 21, 2016 3:29 PM CST
It will become a small tree. I have to cut mine back each winter. It will easily root from small cuttings.
As for the poison, you just need to boil the cyanide out of it! Whistling And don't use an aluminum pot to cook it in.

mkb136
Apr 21, 2016 5:48 PM CST
Thanks for the info but I will never try to eat this lol just love it for the butterflys
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
Texas Gardening
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Master Gardener: Texas
Region: Texas Tropicals Plumerias Ferns Greenhouse Garden Art
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Bubbles
Apr 21, 2016 6:55 PM CST
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