Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Carolina Anglepod
Matelea carolinensis
Family: Asclepiadaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S1?

Rich thickets, fence rows, edge of woods.

Species Description:
Twining perennial vine with milky sap, opposite heart-shaped leaves, and long-stalked clusters of 5-petaled maroon flowers.

Flowering Period: Early April to late June.
Fruiting Period: Early July to late October.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This species of milkvine is distinguished by having pubescent (hairy) calyx lobes and glandular-puberulent corolla lobes on the inside and maroon in color. These are widest from the middle to the end and less htan 4 times as long as wide. Corona longer than and forming a cup around the gynostegium. Follicles have small sharp projections (muricate) and are rounded rather than angled.

Timber removal would be detrimental.

Global Range:
Pennsylvania (where possibly extirpated) and Deleware south to Florida, west to Kentucky, Arkansas, and Texas.

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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