Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial
Has milky sap (latex)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in moist to dryish forests & forest margins, most common on mafic & calcareous substrates, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Upper and lower leaves opposite, middle 4 leaves appearing whorled
Leaves have petioles.

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Greenish/White/Pink
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed corolla, lobes reflexed
Superior ovary
Flowers in 2-4 umbels, terminal or from upper leaf axils

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Follicle

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Asclepias quadrifolia   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asclepias quadrifolia   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 157-01-009:
Asclepias quadrifolia   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Four-leaved Milkweed


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_asqu_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm160422_066

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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JK Marlow    jkm160422_068

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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JK Marlow    jkm070526_052

May    Polk County    NC

A slender delicate plant with thin ovate-lanceolate leaves, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm120505_329

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

Upper and lower leaves opposite & small; middle usually a whorl of 4 & large, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm120517_813

May    Yancey County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Hood opening very oblique, the hood therefore scoop-shaped, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm120517_818

May    Yancey County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm120517_836

May    Yancey County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm120517_842

May    Yancey County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Leaves ovate or ovate-lanceolate to elliptic, 4-12cm long, membranous, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_quadrifolia_6

May        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_quadrifolia_8

May        

Corolla lobes reflexed; corona spreading, its horns shorter than its hoods, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_asclepias_quadrifolia

May