Native vine ID Please

rock_oak_deer(8b TX)April 27, 2013

I found this vine with green flowers growing near the trees behind our house. The flower petals are very lacy. Any ideas on what it could be?

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bostedo(8a tx-bp-dfw)

Green milkweed vine?

Here is a link that might be useful: Matelea reticulata at wildflower.org

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 2:04PM
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PKponder TX(7b)

what a treasure! I love finding natives growing in the garden!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 2:06PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Yes, a treasure! I think Plantmaven Kathy had it growing at her place near Bulverde.

Shirley, may I be first in line for some seeds?

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 2:22PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Rose beat me to it but this lady doesn't look twice at seconds.... she just grabs. In otherwords, I want some, she says. I have been looking for that one in seed for awhile.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 2:26PM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

Wow, I knew it was special right away. I will keep an eye out for seeds. Would cuttings work?

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 2:46PM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

It has to grow from seeds apparently so we'll wait. I'll probably have them by October swap time.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 2:51PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

God knows. I have never played around with milkweed vines.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 3:03PM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

Yes, I did have it. I dug it from the vacant woods next to my house. AKA: pearl vine.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 3:23PM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

The NPIN doesn't mention Bexar county but it does seem to be here!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 3:48PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

There is a lot that the NPIN misses. Do you ever notice that one county in Northeast Texas that has all these desert and west Texas and South Texas plants. It is always the same county and nothing all around it. It always cracks me up.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 3:54PM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

Probably the person who did the input lived there.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 3:58PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I guess he is counting his garden as a wild population. Not very scientific.....or hallucinating.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 4:08PM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

I wonder how often it gets updated?

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 4:29PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Is NPIN the llink above? NPIN stands for Native Plant what?

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 4:40PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I wonder who can update and what credentials one has to have.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 4:49PM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

Native Plant Information Network, it's the part of the name of the Native Plant Database that shows up in the header.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 4:53PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Okay, thanks Shirley.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 4:59PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I am confused by initials and acronyms. I was thinking it was this one. but I can't find NPIN identifying it. one can click on the USASymbol and get to the range map and then click on the state of Texas to get the county breakdown.. There is a link to it at the bottom of the page also.

Here is a link that might be useful: range map for milkweed.

This post was edited by wantonamara on Sat, Apr 27, 13 at 17:07

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 5:04PM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

This map does show Bexar county which is helpful.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 5:17PM
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linda_tx8(8)

Yes, it's Matelea reticulata. I've got those! Didn't even know people wanted it. One year, when we had lots of rain for quite a while (deja vu!), the vines really took off and some grew up very high in the trees. When the seed pods finally started opening, tons of the seeds and milkweed pod silky stuff came floating down all over the place...it was quite surreal, I swear! I'd be walking around and they were all just drifting around in the breeze! But normally they don't grow that much.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 4:36PM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

I went back there today and found hundreds of seedlings. I dug up a few so if they grow I can share those. We must have had rain at the right time because I don't remember seeing them before.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 4:50PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I guess last summer they drifted in from somewhere in your neighborhood . It was very wet last winter and spring was amazing for all things.My nodding onions are very shy this year and last they were everywhere.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 5:40PM
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