Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in GA-SC Coastal Plain (uncommon or rare elsewhere)

Look for it in swamps, fresh to slightly brackish marshes, wet pine savannas, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet

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

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Petioles 1-3mm long

FLOWER:
Summer
Red
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed corolla, lobes reflexed or spreading
Superior ovary
Flowers in 2-4 umbels, terminal or nearly so

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
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 lanceolata   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asclepias lanceolata   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 157-01-006:
Asclepias lanceolata   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

INCLUDING Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Asclepias lanceolata var. paupercula

 

COMMON NAME:
Fewflower Milkweed, Red Milkweed


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image of Asclepias lanceolata, Fewflower Milkweed, Red Milkweed

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_aslap3_001_lvd

        

Asclepias lanceolata var. paupercula

image of Asclepias lanceolata, Fewflower Milkweed, Red Milkweed

Keith Bradley    kab_a_lanceolata_71499

May    Miami-Dade County    FL

Everglades National Park

image of Asclepias lanceolata, Fewflower Milkweed, Red Milkweed

Keith Bradley    kab_a_lanceolata_1753

June    Miami-Dade County    FL

Everglades National Park

image of Asclepias lanceolata, Fewflower Milkweed, Red Milkweed

Keith Bradley    kab_a_lanceolata_1753b

June    Miami-Dade County    FL

Everglades National Park

image of Asclepias lanceolata, Fewflower Milkweed, Red Milkweed

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_lanceolata_2

June        

Umbels 2-5cm broad, terminal or nearly so, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Asclepias lanceolata, Fewflower Milkweed, Red Milkweed

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_lanceolata_few

June        

image of Asclepias lanceolata, Fewflower Milkweed, Red Milkweed

Alistair Glen    gwn_asclepiaslanceolata

July    Pender County    NC

image of Asclepias lanceolata, Fewflower Milkweed, Red Milkweed

Will Stuart    wil_9574332927_20ed67c49a

August        SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Corolla red, the crown usually orange, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Asclepias lanceolata, Fewflower Milkweed, Red Milkweed

Will Stuart    wil_9574332927_b

August        SC

Francis Marion National Forest

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

image of Asclepias lanceolata, Fewflower Milkweed, Red Milkweed

Will Stuart    wil_9575061459_f56ef2a1e1

August        SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Leaves lance-shaped to linear in outline, widely spaced along the stem, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Asclepias lanceolata, Fewflower Milkweed, Red Milkweed

Will Stuart    wil_9577880508_fa20ddd3c9

August        SC

Francis Marion National Forest