Friday, August 29, 2008

100 Species Challenge -- Species #11

Specimen #11

Swamp Milkweed

Asclepias incarnata

Picture taken in Delavan, Wisconsin, 2008 near GCM3XQ What's the point?

Shortened from the NPWRC website -- note the last item about being edible:

  • Field Marks: This is the only wetland milkweed with lanceolate opposite leaves, pink or pinkish red hour-glass-shaped flowers, and milky sap.
  • Habitat: Swamps, wet ditches, wet prairies, streambanks, marshes.
  • Stems: Erect, branched, smooth, rarely hairy, with milky sap, up to 5 feet tall.
  • Leaves: Opposite, simple, lanceolate to oblanceolate, pointed at the tip, narrowed or rounded at the base, without teeth, smooth or hairy on the lower surface, with milky sap, up to 4 inches long, up to 1 inch wide, with short stalks.
  • Flowers: Several borne in umbels, pink to pinkish red, hour-glass-shaped, up to 1/3 inch long, borne on smooth stalks.
  • Notes: The leaves, when gathered young, can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable. The roots are eaten by muskrats.

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