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