I’ve got a memory full of WOW moments commemorating those special occasions when I first set eyes on a species of plant new to me. One of the jewels of that collection is a remembrance of my first encounter with a blooming Angle-pod, Matelea obliqua. This plant doesn’t skimp when it comes to weird or beautiful.
On my first encounter, the
flower cluster was almost in my face before it was noticed. I just stared at it for some time before
settling back to determine what it was.
It has a habit of being an
infrequent bloomer at Blue Jay Barrens, so I’m always thrilled to discover the
flowers. Weather conditions must have
been just what were needed this year to encourage flower production. Blooms are more abundant than I have ever
seen them in the past.
Large leaves pair up along the stem and stand
out in most types of mixed vegetation.
It’s rare to find it beneath a
closed canopy and I have never seen it growing out in the open.
the tall growing plants have not yet developed stems capable of holding the
additional weight of the Angle-pod and will bend or break if the vine tries to
Out of a dozen plants in this spot, only one
was doing much in the way of vertical growth.
I’m hoping that the abundance of blooms will result in some seed pods
being produced. I have yet to see an
Angle-pod seed pod. I’ve high hopes that
will change later this summer.
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