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


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asclepias viridiflora   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 157-01-019:
Asclepias viridiflora   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Green Milkweed


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image of Asclepias viridiflora, Green Milkweed

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_acvi4_001_lvd

        

image of Asclepias viridiflora, Green Milkweed

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_viridiflora_4

July    Iredell County    NC

Umbels are densely flowered and arise from the upper leaf axils, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Asclepias viridiflora, Green Milkweed

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_viridiflora_14a

August        

Corolla lobes strongly reflexed; hoods long, narrow & erect; horns absent, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Asclepias viridiflora, Green Milkweed

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_viridiflora_2

August    Iredell County    NC

Follicles erect, 9-13cm long, 1-2cm broad, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Asclepias viridiflora, Green Milkweed

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_viridiflora_1

September    Iredell County    NC

 

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asclepias viridiflora   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 157-01-019:
Asclepias viridiflora   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

 

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3307

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in open woodlands, woodland edges, barrens, glades, esp over mafic or calcareous rocks, and also in disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

map
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DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Leaves have petioles.

FLOWER:
Summer
Greenish-white
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed corolla, lobes strongly reflexed
Superior ovary

Flowers in 1-6 umbels from upper leaf axils

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Follicle

 

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