Why is milkweed flammable?

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    In and of itself, milkweed that plant, is not really flammable, except when it is dead and dried out. Though the soft down of the seed pod can be extremely flammable due to the high surface area of the individual fibers. But what is of some interest, is the milky sap that the plant produces, which is interesting enough–a hydro carbon, just like petroleum. And like all hydrocarbons burns with a heavy black smoke.

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