Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1666

Shrub; Woody vine
Perennial

Non-native: east & southeast Asia & nearby islands
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in GA)

Look for it on coastal dunes, planted for ornament & stabilization, and now spreading aggressively as an invasive species, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
NC Department of Transportation
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

full sun ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple, or palmately compound: 3 leaflets
Opposite

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Purple/ Bluish-purple
Bilaterally symmetrical
Slightly 2-lipped 5-toothed calyx
2-lipped 5-lobed salverform corolla
4 exserted stamens, attached to corolla tube

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Purple-black

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Vitex rotundifolia   FAMILY Lamiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vitex rotundifolia   FAMILY Verbenaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Beach Vitex, Roundleaf Chaste-tree