What is the plant
Spinypod, sometimes referrred to as Anglepod, (Gonolobus suberosus; fka Matelea gonocarpos) is a member of the milkweed family and formerly included in a small group of vining milkweeds, the Mateleas. Recent taxonomy has placed it in its own genus for small differences in its fruit and flower structure. Like nearly every member of the Mateleas, this species is quite rare in nature and listed as a state threatened species. Spinypod is found nearly statewide, however, in upland sites, such as sandhills, with well-drained sandy soils and high levels of sunlight. And, like all nearly all members of this family, the vines and leaves produce a milky sap if injured and serve as larval food plants for members of the milkweed butterfly family.
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