Milkweed is called by many other names (some of which can't be mentioned here). Some of the other names are Balloon Milkweed, Hairy Balls and Balloon Wild Cotton.
This is a scraggly looking bush up to 2 metres tall. If it wasn't for the balloon-like 'fruits' then the plant would probably get overlooked. It does, however, get a pretty flower.
Milkweed is found over most of South Africa.
Milkweed gives off a milky fluid when damaged which gives rise to its common name. This latex is poisonous and should not be swallowed.
Photo © Steven Herbert