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Wild Florida Photo - Asclepias tomentosa - Velvetleaf milkweed

Asclepias tomentosa

Velvetleaf milkweed
Tuba milkweed

Florida native

Volusia Co. FL 06/24/17
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.
Volusia Co. FL 06/24/17
Volusia Co. FL 06/24/17
Volusia Co. FL 06/24/17

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


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


Date record last modified: Jun 28, 2017

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