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Wildflowers of Texas, Plant Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin

Net-vein Milkvine   Matelea reticulata    
Milkweed family — Asclepiadaceae

Also known as:
Green Milkweed Vine, Pearl Milkweed

Slides: (click for larger view)


At first glance, it's almost hard to believe that these five-lobed veiny green objects with a pearl in the center of each are even flowers. They are the odd but attractive blooms of a viny milkweed, the most common milkvine of the Edwards Plateau; it is also found in regions south, west and north of there. The vine has an unpleasant odor when brushed against, and, as the common names suggests, it has a milky sap.

Dried Specimens: (click for larger view)


Flowering Months: April, May, June, July, August, September, October

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