Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2102

High-climbing herbaceous vine
Perennial

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

Common (rare in NC)

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

 

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

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

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

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 063-04-022b:
Polygonum scandens var. cristatum   FAMILY Polygonaceae

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Polygonum cristatum

 

COMMON NAME:
Crested Climbing Buckwheat, Climbing False Buckwheat


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image of Fallopia cristata

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_ticr2_001_lvd

        

image of Fallopia cristata

Roxanna Martin    rlm9110_109

September    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Fallopia cristata

Roxanna Martin    rlm9110_111

September    Spartanburg County    SC

Leaf apex acute to acuminate, leaf base cordate to cordate-sagittate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Fallopia cristata

Roxanna Martin    rlm91410_39

September    Spartanburg County    SC

Flowers in racemes. Calyx green to white or pinkish, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Fallopia cristata

Roxanna Martin    rlm91909_165

September    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Fallopia cristata

Roxanna Martin    rlm91910_65

September    Spartanburg County    SC

In fruit, outer sepals expand into obvious wings, decurrent on base, per Weakley's Flora.