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Anglepod milkvine

Philip Bouchard
Carolina Milkvine (Matelea carolinensis), growing wild near Butler Creek in Kennesaw, Georgia. This species typically has maroon-colored flowers.

Matelea alabamensis is a species of flowering plant in the dogbane family known by the common names Alabama milkvine, Carolina milkvine, Alabama anglepod, and Alabama spiny-pod. It is native to the southeastern United States, where it occurs in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida.

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