|Individual flower (corona) of Asclepias connivens, displaying the "connivent" hood|
Large-flowered milkweed is a relatively narrow southeastern coastal plain endemic, ranging from extreme southeastern SC through coastal GA, into extreme southern AL, and across most of Florida, In the northern Florida panhandle, Asclepias connivens can be found in poorly drained, silty soil habitats that have been called wet flatwoods or prairies (Carr 2007); these sites have sparse tree canopies and well developed herbaceous layers. The images included here are from two regularly burned sites taken on the same date. Plants at the most recently burned site were somewhat delayed in flowering compared to the site burned earlier in the season.
|A. connivens coming into bloom in|
standing water, recently burned savanna
(July 04, 2014)
|Awesome wet savanna on St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge|
Thanks to Jeff Glitzenstein for getting me there!
Carr, S.C. 2007. Floristic and Environmental Variation of Pyrogenic Pinelands in the Southeastern Coastal Plain: Description, Classification, and Restoration. PhD Dissertation.
Fishbein, M. 1996. Phylogenetic Relationships of North American Asclepias and the Role of Pollinators in the Evolution of the Milkweed Inflorescence. PhD Dissertation.