OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Celastrales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Celastrus scandens   FAMILY Celastraceae


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Celastrus scandens   FAMILY Celastraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 113-01-001:
Celastrus scandens   FAMILY Celastraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
American Bittersweet


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image of Celastrus scandens, American Bittersweet

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cesc_001_lvd

        

image of Celastrus scandens, American Bittersweet

JK Marlow    jkm170818_682

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

Leaves elliptic to obovate, cuspidate or acuminate, crenate-denticulate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Celastrus scandens   FAMILY Celastraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Celastrus scandens   FAMILY Celastraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 113-01-001:
Celastrus scandens   FAMILY Celastraceae

 

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Climbing woody vine (twining)
Perennial
Polygamo-dioecious [mostly dioecious, but with some bisexual flowers]

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare in GA-NC-SC

Look for it in mesic forests, per Weakley's Flora

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

or click here to see a map from SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.

 

full sun ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Greenish
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals
5 petals
5 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Orange/Orange-yellow
Capsule

 

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