Wild Florida Photo - Sarcostemma clausum

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Sarcostemma clausum



Synonym: Funastrum clausum

Florida native


This member of the milkweed family is a twining, herbaceous, perrenial vine with opposite, oblong to linear dark green leaves. The five-lobed flowers are about 1cm wide, fragrant, hairy and grow in globular clusters. White twinevine grows in the moist soils of hammocks, coastal strand, swamps and mangroves of central and south Florida, Texas and the Virgin Islands. S. clausum is the only species of this genus in Florida. The genus name is listed by various sources as either Sarcostema or Funastrum with the proper classification widely debated.

Sarcostemma clausum is a member of the Apocynaceae - Dogbane family.