Asclepias ovalifolia Decne.  
Family: Apocynaceae
dwarf milkweed, oval milkweed, oval-leaved milkweed
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Derek Anderson  
Etymology: Asclepias: named for the Greek god of healing Asklepios
Plants: erect, perennial, 8"-24" tall forb; single, slender stem, milky juice
Leaves: lance-shaped to oblong, opposite, stalked, with fine hairs beneath
Flowers: greenish to pink, 5-parted, 1/3"-1/2" tall, the short, inwardly-curved horns shorter than the hoods; inflorescence a few-flowered, loose umbel (usually 1 terminal but occasionally with 1-2 from the sides); blooms June-July
Fruits: pods with many seeds on silky hairs
Habitat: dry; prairies; in rich, sandy soil
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Threatened
Asclepias ovalifolia image
Derek Anderson  
Asclepias ovalifolia image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Asclepias ovalifolia image
Derek Anderson  
Asclepias ovalifolia image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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