Vining Milkweed-type Species

jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)(7b)March 11, 2014

This pod was on a vine that was 4-5 feet tall. Is this Funastrum cynanchoides?

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Might be Araujia sericifera

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 12:52AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Whenever I hear "vine" and "milkweed" I can't help to think of Pale Swallow wort (Cynanchum rossicum). Vile, invasive plant. There is a black swallow wort species as well. Compare and see what you think.


Here is a link that might be useful: Google images - Cynanchum pods

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 1:28AM
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jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)(7b)

Those were both good possibilities. However, think I found the match. We have Gonolobus suberosus var. granulatus (Angular-fruit Milkvine) in this area. A photo of that species is shown below. Another variant (var. suberosus) has more rounded pods like the one shown in the original post. That one grows in the southeastern US (FL, GA, NC, SC, VA), so isn't expected here. But it does match per Internet photos of the pods. Var. suberosus should have yellow and purple petals, instead of the greenish-yellow ones seen on our plants, so I'll confirm that this summer. I guess that I should mention that some botanists lump both of those into one species (Matelea gonocarpus).

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 7:13AM
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