Another source of info for anything from A-Z is www.Ask
Jeeves, I found a
great article re: Milk Weed Pods there. I use the site quite often.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Hart" <b_hart(a)mscsoftware.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2004 2:35 PM
Subject: [NYWYOMIN] Re: Milk weed pods
> Subject: Milk weed pods
> Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 16:28:14 -0700
> From: "Trish Nicola" <btnicola(a)earthlink.net>
> To: NYWYOMIN-L(a)rootsweb.com
> This is from the "History of Town of Java"
> During World War II...
> The school was the local distribution place for food stamps for the area
> also a collection place for milk weed pods, which the local
> gathered for use in parachutes or life preservers during the war.
> Does anyone know how milk weed pods were used in parachutes or life
> Trish Hackett Nicola
> Seattle, WA
A rather quick search via google turned up that the silky fibers of the
milkweed were used as a silk replacement in parachutes. Most of our silk
had come from Japan and China prior to the war.
The fluffy seeds were used as a replacement for kapok in life preservers.
Even the sap was studied as a possible rubber replacement.
Versatile little plant.
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