Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2630

Shrub; Woody vine
Perennial

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

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Winter/Spring
White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed calyx
Weakly 5-ridged cylindric-urceolate corolla
10 included stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Pieris phillyreifolia   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pieris phillyreifolia   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Ampelothamnus phillyreifolius

 

COMMON NAME:
Vine-wicky, Climbing Fetterbush, Climbing Wicky