Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1878

Forb
Perennial
Has milky sap (latex)

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

Common

Look for it in sandhills, other dry woodlands of various types, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Leaves have sessile auriculate-clasping bases.

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Maroon/ Purplish (sometimes suffused with green)
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed corolla, lobes reflexed
Superior ovary
Flowers in a solitary terminal umbel

FRUIT:
Summer
Follicle

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asclepias amplexicaulis   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 157-01-008:
Asclepias amplexicaulis   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Clasping Milkweed, Blunt-leaved Milkweed, Wavyleaf Milkweed


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_asam_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0405w_32

May    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Leaves: a single cream-colored central vein against a dark green background, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

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JK Marlow    jkm0405za_15

May    Greenville County    SC

Field

A smooth unbranched plant with a solitary terminal umbel, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm0505h_13

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm180518_2375

May    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm180518_2378

May    Greenville County    SC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_amplexicaulis

May        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_amplexicaulis_2

May        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_amplexicaulis_2b

May        

Corolla lobes reflexed; corona horns 1.5x long as hoods, arching [inward], per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Will Stuart    wil_8911585411_2f2dc158c1

May    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

The pink "hoods" are shorter than the "horns", per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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Will Stuart    wil_8911629267_3814315e90

May    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Broad, wavy-margined leaves with clasping bases identify this species, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm180706_3321

July    Greenville County    SC

Stems erect; folicles erect, smooth, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm180712_3394

July    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm180720_3452

July    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    s050713_a

July    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Leaves mucronate, crispate, auriculate-clasping, glaucous, sessile, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Will Stuart    wil_9473157930_d1fc5d3e8a

August    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Follicles 4-6" long; seeds w silky tufts of hair that aid in dspersal, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.