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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Vitex rotundifolia   FAMILY Lamiaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vitex rotundifolia   FAMILY Verbenaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Beach Vitex, Roundleaf Chaste-tree


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Kudzu of the Beach

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A shrub or woody vine with runners, this can sprawl more than 60', per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

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Stems root at nodes, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

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Brittle stems break during high tides, floating off to colonize new beaches, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

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Leaves oval, silvery-gray, with a spicy odor when crushed, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

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Small clusters of violet-blue flowers bloom at branch ends, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

 

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vitex rotundifolia   FAMILY Verbenaceae

 

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1666

Shrub; Woody vine
Perennial

Non-native: east & southeast Asia & nearby islands

Habitat: Coastal dunes, planted for ornament and 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:

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple, or palmately compound with 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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