Matelea reticulata [Apocynaceae]

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Scientific Name Matalea reticulata USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Green Milkweed Vine, Pearl Milkweed Vine ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Apocynaceae (Dogbane) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Various soils; shaded areas, fencerows, wooded areas thickets.
Plant: Twining perennial vine 6 to 12 feet long, covered with soft, spreading hairs.
Leaves: Large, heart-shaped, hairy leaves, 2 to 4 inches long on petioles 1 to 2 inches long.
Inflorescence: Green star-shaped blossom 1/2 to 3/4 inch across with whitish “pearl” in center, a gynostegia (fused parts of the stamens and pistil).
Bloom Period: April to October.
References: "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi.
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