Matelea obliqua / Milkweed Family
May 31, 2005
I was excited to find this interesting vine growing and blooming along one of the trails at Haw Ridge. It was challenging to go through my "mental notes" to try and identify it before looking it up in my wildflower books at home later. My "in the field guess" was that it was a member of the milkweed family. I guess years of browsing through wildflower books eventually sinks in! There are 3 flowers in this genus in Tennessee, this one is differentiated from the other 2 by the longer, lighter-colored petals and the conical buds. It has large heart-shaped leaves. The plant is listed as an "occasional", this was the first time I had seen it.
Where seen: Haw Ridge Greenway