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Apocynum cannabinum
Scientific classification
Kingdom Plantae
Division Angiosperm
Subdivision See text
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Gentianales
Family Apocynaceae
Genus Apocynum
Binomial nomenclature

Apocynum, commonly known as dogbane and Indian hemp, is a genus of the plant family of the Apocynaceae with seven species. Its name is from the Greek: apo, away and cyno, dog, attributed to its toxicity. The genus occurs throughout the temperate Northern Hemisphere, except for western Europe. It is also milkweed's lookalike.

Apocynum species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the mouse moth.

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Apocynum cannabinum was used as a source of fiber by Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Apocynum venetum (is used as an herbal tea in China. Dogbane contains cymarin, a cardiogenic toxin that causes cardiac arrhythmia in humans.

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