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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Matelea producta - Texas milkvine

Synonyms: Gonolobus productus
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Asclepiadaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial   Similar Species: Matelea parvifolia
General Desc: Twining vines from a woody base.
Identification notes: Two species of Matelea documented in Yavapai County, both trailing or twining plants. The bright green broader leaves and greenish-yellow flower of this species distinguish this from M. parvifolia .
Height: 12 to 24 feet


Habitat Description: Desert grasslands, chaparral, alluvial thickets, mountains.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 3000 - 5500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Greenish-yellow     Shape: Regular not in clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Apr - Aug
Description: Flower consists of 5 fleshy protuberances.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Triangular     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Opposite     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are heart-shaped and are strongly white veined. The stems contain a milky sap.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

No Fruit or seed notes

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