Wild Florida Photo - Asclepias tomentosa

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Asclepias tomentosa

VELVETLEAF MILKWEED

TUBA MILKWEED

Florida native

 

An occasional wildflower of sandhills and dunes mostly in the central peninsula but also extending south into Collier County, into some northern counties and west into the central panhandle. The range includes the coastal states from North Carolina to Alabama and also Texas.
The stems are pubescent and up to 60cm (2 ft.) tall. The leaves are petiolate, with the undersides tomentose - covered with a wooly mat of short, soft hairs. The inflorescence is in a sessile umbel arising from the stem at the level of, and between the opposite leaves. The mostly greenish-white flowers have corolla lobes 9-10mm (~3/8 in.) long with horns that are longer than the hoods.

 
Asclepias tomentosa is a member of the Apocynaceae - Dogbane family.

Other species of the Asclepias genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Asclepias michauxii - MICHAUX'S MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias tuberosa - BUTTERFLY WEED
  View  Asclepias verticillata - WHORLED MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias pedicellata - SAVANNAH MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias curtissii - CURTISS' MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias viridiflora - GREEN MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias lanceolata - FEWFLOWER MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias perennis - SWAMP MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias cinerea - CAROLINA MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias curassavica - SCARLET MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias humistrata - PINEWOODS MILKWEED
  View  Asclepias longifolia - LONGLEAF MILKWEED



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