Mystery Pod Plant

miran1022August 28, 2014

We came across this plant in a wooded area in northeast Oklahoma on 08/23/14. It is about 4 feet tall. We have not been able to figure out what it is despite the distinctive appearance. Any help would be appreciated.

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carol23_gw

Asclepias

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 3:10PM
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esh_ga

Yep, otherwise known as milkweed, host plant to monarch butterflies.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 3:57PM
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

Yeah, I'm really wondering what species though....it's obviously a woodland one...I'm thinking maybe: Asclepias amplexicaulis , but that's just a guess.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 4:53PM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

It does look like Asclepias amplexicaulis. I have only seen that species in open sand prairies but the large leaves would probably allow it to take some shade.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 9:30PM
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weedwoman(z6 NJ)

Poke Milkweed, maybe? It grows in the woods around here.
Asclepias exaltata. It does somewhat resemble pokeweed in habit and leaf shape.

WW

Here is a link that might be useful: Asclepias exaltata, Poke Milkweed

    Bookmark   August 29, 2014 at 7:57PM
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

Nope, exaltata doesn't appear (USDA..which is fallible) to be native to Arkansas or Oklahoma or Missourri.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2014 at 8:03PM
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