Plant Identification Common name: narrow-leaf cotton Botanical Name: Gomphocarpus fruticosus Family name: Asclepiadaceae Location: Valley Heights, NSW Date: 11th April 2009 Collector: John Poulakis Habitat: Native of Africa, Arabia and Mediterranean. A herbaceous erect perennial shrub growing to 2 m high. Grows in disturbed sites amongst medium trees and tall shrubland around waterways, wasteland and disturbed natural vegetation sites such as roadsides. Economic significance: Poisonous to livestock. Leaves can be used to treat headaches and tuberculosis and the roots can be used to relieve general aches and pains in the body.