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Marcus, Joseph A.
Matelea biflora (Raf.) Woods.
Purple Milkweed Vine, Star milkvine
USDA Symbol: mabi6
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Vine Size Notes:
2-3 Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
NM , OK , TX Native Habitat:
Common throughout the Central Texas in pastures, prairies and open ground; usually in chalky soil. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Conditions Comments:
graced by five-petaled star-shaped deep purplish-brown flowers. The stems of the vine
grow from a central rootstock and extend to about 2 feet in length.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0371
Collected May 14, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth WhiteNPSOT 0658
Collected Jun 12,1992 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff