Sandhill Milkweed - Pinewoods Milkweed
Fleshy Milkweed
Asclepias humistrata Walter
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed) Family

Sandhill Milkweed is an upright or reclining, hairy to smooth perennial. Its preferred habitat is dry sandy woods, scrub places and savannas. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region. Most often the plant grows in very hot and dry places (beach), and it does not wilt.

The leaves are opposite on the stem, simple (one whole part) and entire (no teeth and no lobes), clasping the stem, ovate to nearly lance-like in form.

The flowers are in terminal, compact umbels. the corolla is nearly white, but its most prominent feature is the tan-colored flower buds.

The fruit is a follicle that splits open at the seam when mature. The fruit stands erect on that side of the stem that is usually exposed to the greater sunlight.

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