Asclepidaceae | four-leaved milkweed
Asclepiadaceae | green milkweed
Rare, one sitting in meadow near barn.
Asclepia crece de forma común
On the side of Figueroa Mountain Road, this stand of A. fascicularis appears to find adequate moisture.
Concealed in a grassy vernal meadow surrounded by Teaberry trees and Poison Oak these A. fascicularias weren't nearly as vital and vigorous as the fascicularis I found on Figueroa Mountain in early May, as More Mesa is located ~80' above sea level, and the fascicularis I found in the mountains were at 2,500' and in what appeared to be considerably more verdant than dusty More Mesa. Rainfall this season was only 41% of normal; 2013 was 46%, and 2012 was 66%, so the drought is stressing the plants. No monarch eggs, larva, nor adults were observed on this native California monarch food source.
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Images submitted by C. Watson
Asclepias L. (1753), the milkweeds, is a genus of herbaceous perennial, dicotyledonous plants that contains over 140 known species. It previously belonged to the family Asclepiadaceae, but this is now classified as the subfamily Asclepiadoideae of the dogbane family Apocynaceae.