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Apocynaceae > Cynanchum (swallow-wort, milkvine)

Gulf Coast Swallow-wort, Gulf Coast Milkvine (Cynanchum angustifolium, Cynanchum palustre, Seutera angustifolium)

Gulf Coast Swallow-wort, Gulf Coast Milkvine (Cynanchum angustifolium, Cynanchum palustre, Seutera angustifolium)

Uncommon in NC where it's at the northern edge of it's range, this milkweed relative grows in wet sandy areas mostly on barrier islands.

The little yellow bugs are called Oleander Aphids (Aphis nerii).

Gulf Coast Swallow-wort, Gulf Coast Milkvine (Cynanchum angustifolium, Cynanchum palustre, Seutera angustifolium)

Gulf Coast Swallow-wort, Gulf Coast Milkvine (Cynanchum angustifolium, Cynanchum palustre, Seutera angustifolium)

This species has been treated differently by different taxonomists as you can see by all the scientific names included here! Narrow leaves and milky sap characterize this species from other relatives.

Annotated habitat and distribution information listed above is from Radford, Ahles, & Bell. 1968. Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas. UNC Press; Alan Weakley's Flora of the Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia; and from personal observations and discussions with Will Cook, Harry LeGrand, and Bob Wilbur. Supplemental resources include USDA plants website, and NatureServe.


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