Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3039

Herbaceous vine
Annual/Biennial/Perennial

Non-native: Tropical America
Documented growing wild in GA - SC

Rare

Look for it in disturbed areas, 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:

Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council
SC List of Regulated Pest Plant Species, 2017
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009

 

LEAVES:
Biternately compound
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White
Functionally unisexual
Not symmetrical
4 sepals
4 petals
Superior ovary
Flowers in axillary clusters

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Green
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cardiospermum halicacabum   FAMILY Sapindaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cardiospermum halicacabum   FAMILY Sapindaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 117-01-001:
Cardiospermum halicacabum   FAMILY Sapindaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Balloon Vine, Love-in-a-puff, Heartseed


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picture of Cardiospermum halicacabum, image of Cardiospermum halicacabum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_caha13_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_caha13_004_lvd

        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_halicacabum

August    Whitfield County    GA

Flowers 0.2" wide, borne in small clusters on long stalks from leaf axils, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

picture of Cardiospermum halicacabum, image of Cardiospermum halicacabum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_halicacabum_8

August    Whitfield County    GA

Fruiting capsule green, downy, inflated, papery, almost round to egg-shaped, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org    bug_1391459

Month Unknown        

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John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org    bug_1391461

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Michael Jordan, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Bugwood.org    bug_5351098

Month Unknown        

The lance-shaped leaflets are coarsely toothed or lobed and weakly hairy, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.