Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
See diagrams of milkweed flower structure at Wayne's Word.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Green Antelope-horn, Spider Milkweed, Green Milkweed
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Leaves oblong to lance-oblong or elliptic, rounded at base, short-stalked, per Wildflowers of Tennessee (Carman, 2005).
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The petals are green and spreading (not reflexed); the hood is purple, per All About South Carolina Wildflowers (Midgley, 1999).
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Note the upright petals, unique among the milkweeds, per Wildflowers in the Field and Forest: Northeastern US (Clemants & Gracie, 2006).
Native to Georgia
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DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)
Alternate to nearly opposite
Leaves have petioles.
Greenish (with purple hood)
5-lobed corolla, lobes spreading (not reflexed)
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- All About South Carolina Wildflowers (Midgley, 1999) p110
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1999) p069
- Wildflowers in the Field and Forest: Northeastern US (Clemants & Gracie, 2006) p246
- Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia (Chafin, 2016) p048
- Wildflowers of Tennessee (Carman, 2005) p195
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians (Horn, Cathcart, Hemmerly, & Duhl, 2005) p232
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