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ROUGH SILKPOD

Parsonsia lanceolata

Plant Family

Apocynaceae

Alternative Common Names

Northern silkpod

Tall woody climbing perennial, the stems hairless, the young branches downy, rarely woolly or downy all over, often hoary.

Leaves - opposite, elliptical-oblong or lanceolate, 5-7.5 cm long, shortly stalked, rounded at the tip, with a short point or shortly tapered, dark-green, downy, the margins usually down-curved, the veins inconspicuous above, pale or light-brown and more prominent below.

Flowers - pale, fragrant, borne in compact clusters on short branches in the leaf axils or at the ends of the stems, shortly tubular at the base, the tube less than 2-3mm long and ending in 5 lobes each 4mm long.

Fruit - woody tapered pod, 7.5-12.5 cm long, separating into 2 segments; seeds tapered, shortly beaked and with a silky tuft of hairs 12-18mm long at one end.

Flowering usually summer-early autumn but has been recorded as late as June.

Habitat

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