Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Vine-wicky, Climbing Fetterbush, Climbing Wicky
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March Pickens County SC
SC Botanical Garden
The only viny member of the Ericaceae in the United States, per Flora of North America.
Shrub; Woody vine
Native to South Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA - SC
Rare in GA-SC
Look for it in swamp forests. This southeastern species has the remarkable habit of often growing as a creeping vine under the bark of Taxodium ascendens, the branches exserted thru the cypress bark, sometimes ascending into the upper canopy with the main stem never visible except at the very base of the tree; it also sometimes grows as a low shrub, per Weakley's Flora
Weakly 5-ridged cylindric-urceolate corolla
10 included stamens
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers p131
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC p320
- Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast p110
- Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry p191
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide p236