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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Noxious Weed Warning

Wanta moreius

Image by Christopher Zabawa

        This species, Wanta moreius, recently discovered in Oklahoma, appears to be related to the Clematis pitcheri, commonly called Blue bill or Leather flower. Blue to purple in color and having characteristics similar to the Clematis pitcheri, the Wanta moreius can be distinguished from this species by its large six foot size and large sharp teeth, lacking in the native Clematis.
        Although not invasive, at the current time, it is expected to become a weedy, obnoxious plant within several years and may be found wide spread across the United States.
        No medicinal or food uses is known for this plant, however it is said to have a voracious appetite and people are encouraged to avoid this plant. If sighted please report it to your local Agriculture Extension Agency and keep all pets indoors. Efforts are being made to eradicate this potentially invasive, threating species.
        This plant is known to flourish in areas where there are large runoffs of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and other lawn and farm chemicals.
        To avoid the spread of the Wantas moreius federal agencies have suggested/requested reduced use of these chemicals. Hopefully, this will prevent the rapid invasion of this potentially menacing plant species.
        In memorium: To Christopher Zabawa, first to discover Wanta moreius. Thanks to the brave and heroic efforts of the photographer, Christopher, this menacing species was discovered early enough to take protective measures against it. All that was found at the scene was his camera with this closeup image of the species. May he rest in peace. I'm sure, where ever he is, that he will always have a camera by his side. He will be missed by his family and friends.

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