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Whorled Mikweed

Whorled Mikweed
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Copyright: John Denk (jpdenk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 3 N: 74] (333)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-04
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D90, 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor
Exposure: f/11, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Plants of the Chicago region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-11-04 22:57
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Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Whorled Milkweed, Asclepias verticillata, is a species of Milkweed that is locally common in Illinois, but nowhere nearly as ubiquitous as Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca. It seems to like soils that are at least a little on the dry side, sometimes sandy or gravelly, but will grow in soils that are heavier and mesic and even some that might be pretty damp for at least part of the year. At the Bartel Grassland which is mainly mesic to wet-mesic grassland, it is very abundant in several areas and is increasing.

It's a lot different than Common Milkweed: it has greenish white to white flowers and its linear leaves are very different than the broad, oval leaves that seem to be typical of many of our local Milkweed species. It can somewhat resemble Horsetails, Equisetum species when not in bloom. It's shorter than Common Milkweed, up to maybe 2 feet tall.

It's a perennial plant native to various open, often sloping habitats such as banks along interstate highways were large colonies are sometimes seen. It occurs in good quality prairie as well as more disturbed sites.

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beautiful image of flower in good lighting and background. nice framing. tfs.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-11-06 18:46]

Hello John,
Great shot of this pretty cluster of Whorled Milkweed blooms. I really can't say I have ever run across this paticular plant, so it's nice to be able to compare it to the types we have here near home.
I like the vertical framing and excellent detail. White balance is right on the money and you've managed to obtain very good DOF with an f/11 aperture.

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