Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1126

High-climbing herbaceous vine
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Mountains, uncommon elsewhere

Look for it in moist to wet open habitats, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Greenish/ Whitish/ Pinkish
Bisexual
5-parted calyx
Petals absent
Superior ovary
Flowers in unbranched racemes

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Black, lustrous
Nutlet

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Caryophyllales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Fallopia scandens   FAMILY Polygonaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polygonum scandens var. scandens   FAMILY Polygonaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 063-04-022a:
Polygonum scandens var. scandens   FAMILY Polygonaceae

LESS THAN Generic Limits in Polygonum (Ronse Decraene & Akeroyd, 1988)
Fallopia scandens

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Bilderdykia scandens

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Climbing Buckwheat


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picture of Polygonum scandens var. scandens, image of Fallopia scandens

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_tisc_001_lvd

        

picture of Polygonum scandens var. scandens, image of Fallopia scandens

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_fallopia_scandens_1

August    Iredell County    NC

Flowers borne in unbranched racemes (vs. branched in P. cilinode), per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

picture of Polygonum scandens var. scandens, image of Fallopia scandens

JK Marlow    jkm140906_244b

September    Swain County    NC

Calyx with a distinctly wavy or tattered margin and wing-keeled in fruit, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

picture of Polygonum scandens var. scandens, image of Fallopia scandens

JK Marlow    jkm140906_254

September    Swain County    NC

Flowers white or tinged with pink or green, in unbranched racemes, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

picture of Polygonum scandens var. scandens, image of Fallopia scandens

JK Marlow    jkm140909_520b

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Fruiting perianth wings decurrent on stipelike base, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Polygonum scandens var. scandens, image of Fallopia scandens

JK Marlow    jkm140922_930

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

picture of Polygonum scandens var. scandens, image of Fallopia scandens

JK Marlow    jkm140922_932

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

picture of Polygonum scandens var. scandens, image of Fallopia scandens

JK Marlow    jkm140922_938

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Leaves 2-5" long, oblong-ovate to ovate with heart-shaped or sagittate base, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

picture of Polygonum scandens var. scandens, image of Fallopia scandens

JK Marlow    jkm150927_260

September    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

picture of Polygonum scandens var. scandens, image of Fallopia scandens

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygonum_scandens_2

September        

picture of Polygonum scandens var. scandens, image of Fallopia scandens

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygonum_scandens_3

September        

picture of Polygonum scandens var. scandens, image of Fallopia scandens

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygonum_scandens_3b

September