Along Sycamore Creek in the Pine Mountain
Wilderness, Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA. 07 June 2009.
FLOWERS: Each stem has one large cluster of striking
green-white-purplish flowers arranged in an umbel at top. Blooming late spring
PERENNIAL HERB: Regrows each spring from an underground root, usually
upright, but sometimes decumbent, and less than 1 m
tall. Several stems grow together from the underground portion.
LEAVES: Dark green leaves are lance shaped. Leaves and stems exude
copious milky sap when broken.
RANGE: Spider Milkweed often grows just up from the main channel, i.e.
out of the flood zone. It is uncommon at the lowest elevations of sycamore
galleries in Arizona. It also occurs in ponderosa and juniper woodlands.
FRUIT: Each fertilized flower (one to several from each cluster) results
in a pair of turgid pods ("horns") point down at maturity and have many,
long-haired seeds inside. Green pods also exude milky sap when damaged.
UNARMED. No spines or thorns, however the sap is likely toxic.
Asclepiadaceae -- Milkweed Family