Asclepias ovalifolia Decne.
Common Name: DWARF MILKWEED
Coefficient of Conservatism: 10
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb
Status: E

Very local in savannas and open forests of oak and jack pine and/or aspen, becoming more common after fire. This is a species more common westward and at its eastern limits in Michigan.

As in so many milkweeds, the leaves are rather variable in shape, but the slender stature and cream flowers make this rare and delicate prairie species easy to recognize. Besides a terminal umbel, there may be one or two additional umbels in the upper leaf axils. Coarse leafy plants with pale flowers keying here are probably forms of the common milkweed, A. syriaca (see notes under that species).

Locations

Lake County
Menominee County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 16, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=158.