Asclepias asperula

Common name:  Antelope Horns, Trailing Milkweed

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Asclepias asperula habit2.jpg (131106 bytes) Asclepias asperula heads.jpg (122429 bytes)
habit inflorescences (umbels)

Asclepias asperula bigbee.jpg (57944 bytes)

Asclepias asperula leaves.jpg (99396 bytes)
inflorescence closeup--the 5 white "balls" that are in each flower are called hoods.  Look at the size of this bee!  This species of milkweed attracts huge bees as pollinators. leaves
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fruit (follicle)--the seeds are visible as brown structures in the center of the open pod.  They are attached to long hairs to aid in dispersal. fruits that have already split open and shed their seeds--if you use your imagination, you may be able to see the "antelope horns" made by the pair of fruits

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seeds before they are shed--the seeds are arranged spirally around a central axis same group of seeds as at left, shown from the other side--the coma of hairs is the white mass at the top.  Each seed is attached to its own set of hairs