Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3548

Woody vine
Perennial

Non-native: a cross of species native to China and Japan

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Commonly cultivated and escaped (much of the invasive Wisteria in se. US involves complex hybrids of W. floribunda & W. sinensis)

Look for it in urban, suburban, and rural forests and woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 7-17 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Blue-violet
Bilaterally symmetrical
2-lipped campanulate calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (2/8/20):
Wisteria ××formosa   FAMILY Fabaceae

(?) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Wisteria ×formosa [floribunda × sinensis]   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida (Wunderlin & Hansen, 2003)
Wisteria ×formosa

 

COMMON NAME:
Hybrid Asian Wisteria


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image of Wisteria ××formosa, Hybrid Asian Wisteria

Keith Bradley    kab_w_sinensis_03913

April    Richland County    SC

Flowers of W. sinensis open simultaneously; W. floribunda gradually; hybrids (?)

image of Wisteria ××formosa, Hybrid Asian Wisteria

Keith Bradley    kab_w_sinensis_3894

April    Richland County    SC

... identification of the two alien species and their hybrids is uncertain, per Weakley's Flora (2020).