MEAD’S MILKWEED
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Asclepias meadii  Torr. ex  A. Gray
(photo by Craig Freeman)
Perennial
Height: 8 to 24 inches
Family: Apocynaceae - Dogbane Family
Flowering Period:   May, June
Stems: Plants glabrous, glaucous; sap milky. Stems erect, simple.
Leaves: Opposite; petiole absent; blade narrowly lanceolate to ovate, 2 to 3 3/5 inch long, 3/5 to 1 4/5 inch wide, apex acute.
Inflorescences: Umbel-like cyme, terminal, 8--20-flowered.
Flowers: 1/3 to 3/4 inch long, 1/4 to 3/5 inch wide; calyx lobes 5, lanceolate to triangular, 1/8 to 1/5 inch; corolla lobes 5, greenish cream sometimes tinged purple, lobes reflexed, lance-oblong to elliptic, 1/4 to 2/5 inch; hoods 5, greenish cream, petal-like, erect, 1/6 to 1/4 inch, margins with a pair of teeth distally, tip rounded; horns sickle-shaped, fused to bases of hoods, arching over anther head.
Fruits: Pods, narrowly spindle-shaped, 3 to 4 inches long, 1/3 to 2/5 inch wide, smooth, glabrous; seeds ovate, ca. 1/3 inch; tufted with white silky hairs, 1 1/5 to 1 3/5 inch long.
Habitat: Tallgrass prairies
Distribution: East 1/4 of Kansas
Origin: Native
Comments: Mead’s milkweed is a federally protected, threatened species. Most of the world’s populations occur on tallgrass prairies in the Osage Cuestas of Kansas. Asclepias, for Aesculapius, the Greek god of medicine and meadii, for Samuel Barnum Mead, discoverer of plant.

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