Posts Tagged ‘vine’

Wonders in Nature

    I have lots of rocks in the house and many many more edging the gardens in my backyard.

Most were picked for their shape, color and design.

This rock “bowl” holds water and attracts birds. It also reflects any nearby plants.

 Any water movement in this “bowl” reflects small objects, clouds, nearby plants,

and clouds in the sky.

A light wind moves the reflections of a nearby vine.



Two Unknowns

I found these once before, a few years ago. I can’t remember what they are and haven’t found them online.


They aren’t a caterpillar. They just look like one.


They preferred the undersides of the leaves for safety reasons.


Many leaves on the vine were rolled.


The pictures were taken three weeks ago.  The top two in this picture had recently molted.


I’m not even sure what kind of vine this is.

It’s a shame their name isn’t a pattern on their back.

I welcome any information concerning this mystery.

Summer’s Last Bloom

Trumpet creeper vines grow to 30 feet tall.


Its last flower grows to 3 inches long,


and is a favorite food source for hummingbirds and bumblebees.


The pods grow from three to six inches long, with the wind dispersing their flat seeds.


A plant hopper posed for a picture.

A Climbing Milkweed

Yes, I got excited over finding this vine.

I knew what it was. It grows on my rural property. It’s a climbing milkweed (Matelea obliqua) and is an Illinois state-threatened plant. The vine prefers to grow in rocky woodlands.

It’s odd that only one vine grew here where I found this one in the woods, up from a small lake. It’s odd too that it was still greenish the middle of November, since they bloom the end of May.

I took this picture on my property on May 23, 2007.

I could have it miss-identified because there were no flowers. There’s another species Matelea dicipiens that grows in 2 of the surrounding counties and isn’t listed in Saline County. It’s state-endangered. The difference between the two is the width of the petals. The one above has 1.5 – 2.5 mm width; the other’s petal width is 3-6 mm. Both bloom at May to June. The one on my property was found and identified by a heritage biologist.

While researching this in my resource books and online, I found out there’s a third species, Matelea gonocarpa, that’s found the southern 1/6th of the state and is endangered. It grows in floodplains, which this location isn’t.

Of course, I may have the vine misidentified all together, and it’s not a milkweed vine. If not, I have no idea what it could be. At least I visited my climbing milkweed vicariously on the hike.