Plants in Order Gentianales are found in a wide range of habitats. There
are five families in this Order and some of the species contain toxic
chemicals such as alkaloids to discourage animals from eating them. A milky
latex is also found in stems and leaves of some species. The larva of the
Monarch Butterfly is able to feed on Milkweeds as it concentrates the
poisons in non-vital parts of its body and in the wings of the adult. Some
birds have learned to avoid the poisonous bits and eat the insects anyway.
Plants and animals continue to evolve as they develop strategies for
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