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A Brief Look At Gonolobus Anglepods and Matelea Spinypods

Seed pods can serve as a handy adjunct to identifying our two genera of North Carolina Milkvines, particularly in late summer and fall, when the vines are no longer in flower, and caterpillars have ravaged the foliage.  Often the only thing … Continue reading

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Our Central Carolina Milkvines: Gonolobus suberosus, Matelea carolinensis, and Matelea decipiens

Milkvines, as their name implies, are members of the milkweed family, the Apocynaceae, known for their white, milky sap.  They are herbaceous, twining vines with broad, opposite, ovate (often heart-shaped) leaves.  In Central North Carolina these native perennials are often found in … Continue reading

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