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Zizotes milkweed (Asclepias oenotheroides) still flourishing in south Texas

Zizotes milkweed (Asclepias oenotheroides) is still flourishing in south Texas on South Padre Island. Earlier this week while I was conducting botanical and plant ecology surveys at Brazos Island State Park in Cameron County, I encountered robust plants of zizotes in late flower, fruit, and seed dispersal. There were lots of Monarch’s visiting this milkweed and the many members of the sunflower family blooming along the lower cost of Texas. Although old man winter has arrived in the northern half of Texas, there are lots of native plants still flowering in the Coastal Bend and southern Texas. So if you happen to be along the middle or lower coast over the next month, keep and eye out for zizotes and make a milkweed observation or two. Happy Holidays!

Posted on December 09, 2016 12:08 PM by jsinghurst jsinghurst | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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1. Document the importance of planted and wild milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) to monarchs in Texas.
2. Document the distribution of native, wild milkweed in Texas.
3. Quantify the changing importance of different milkweed species to monarch caterpillars throughout the year.
4. This project only focuses on Asclepias because of federal emphasis on planting and restoration of ...more ↓

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