Endangered, threatened, and rare vascular plants of Indiana (16 April 2013). 1531 et seq.). Fish & Wildlife Service officially listed A. meadii as “Threatened” in 1988. The U.S. Asclepias meadii, (Mead’s milkweed). Warning: Mead’s milkweed is a protected species under the Endangered Species Act. Mead’s milkweed was added to the endangered species list in 1988. 2012). Fish & Wildlife Service A photo posted by Cyndi Cogbill (@cacogbill) on Jun 3, 2015 at 5:00pm PDT Federally threatened. Milkweed and mussels. The genus name “Asclepias” refers to the Greek god of medicine Asklepios, while “meadii” refers to this species being named in honor of Dr. Samuel Mead, the original collector of this species in Illinois in 1843. Literature: Indiana Natural Heritage Data Center. The U.S. However, the Mead’s Milkweed is the rarest of the Milkweed family and is currently listed as a threatened species. Bumblebees are the essential pollinators in the life cycle of this plant. Mead’s Milkweed (Asclepias meadii) Recovery Plan U.S. 15 … Endangered Species Protection Board. 2013. Endangered and threatened species list (20 October 2002). long-term restorations of Mead’s milkweed (As-clepias meadii, Torrey), a U.S. threatened herb of TGP (Harrison 1988). Mead’s Milkweed (Asclepias meadii)By Christopher David Benda. 1999. It's understandable why farmers are making every effort to keep milkweed levels down—it can devastate crops and even poison some animals. Mead's milkweed flowering on the Salac Prairie, John M. Row, NRCS, Manhattan, Kansas . General Description. Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois. We … Mead’s Milkweed Asclepias meadii Federal Status:Threatened Kansas Status:None Comments:Most milkweeds need large insects for pollination and Mead’s Milkweed is no exception. Alternate Names . None . Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces the availability of the approved recovery plan for the Mead's milkweed (Asclepias meadii), a species that is federally listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended (16 U.S.C. Seed or plants may not be harvested from federal lands without a permit from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Mead’s Milkweed is a rare perennial plant in the Milkweed family (Asclepiadaceae). There are actually five species of milkweed listed as endangered in Illinois and one federally threatened species among their ranks, illustrating the fact that not all milkweeds are tough, generalist species. Restoration success has rarely been evaluated for long-lived self-incompatible (SI) plants, such as Mead’s milkweed (Monks et al. The official website of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism ... such as Mead’s Milkweed, no longer reproducing at a rate that can sustain it, scientists fear. Though historical records indicate this species has always been rare (Woodson, 1941) due to the loss of native prairies by agriculture and urbanization.