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unknown plant

Posted by tegeha 7 (My Page) on
Fri, Nov 30, 12 at 16:05

Does anyone know what this is?I have searched the internet trying to find it and can't find anything close.It came up in the middle of my flowers this past summer.I have grandkids who like to pick my flowers and would like to be sure of what it is before they touch it.Thanks for any help.

This post was edited by tegeha on Fri, Nov 30, 12 at 16:21

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RE: unknown plant

I thought this might be in the milkweed family, either Matelea or Cynanchum, but they have heart-shaped leaves. What did the flowers look like when open - colr and how many petals? Any fragrance?

RE: unknown plant

it was just a very small yellow flower.somewhere I have a pic of the flower.I dont really remember what it looked like.I will post it when I find it.

Got it! (I think)

I am 90% sure it is Cynanchum angustifolium, or Gulf Coast Swallow-wort. It is a close relative of milkweed, and is a larval food plant of the Monarch and its relative the Queen Butterfly. The USDA PLANTS Database lists it as occurring in Mobile County - it may very well occur in other counties, especially Baldwin County. If you live in central or north Alabama, my ID may very well be wrong! The yellow flowers, though, are a good indicator that it's this species. As for it being safe - the sap would be evil tasting and woud make anyone immediately spit it out. I do not know of any danger otherwise. I'd leave it in place in hopes it would attract butterflies!

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