Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Woody vine
Perennial
Monoecious

Non-native: Japan, China & Korea
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare now, likely to be a serious invasive in the Southeast over the next decade

Look for it on roadbanks, in suburban woodlands, and floodplains, where it has escaped from cultivation, 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:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous/Semi-evergreen
Palmately compound: 5 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Purplish/ Purple
Functionally unisexual
3-merous
3 sepals (usually)
Petals absent
6 stamens in staminate flowers

FRUIT:
Summer
Purple/Violet
Follicle

 

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



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Ranunculales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Akebia quinata   FAMILY Lardizabalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Akebia quinata   FAMILY Lardizabalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 078-01-001:
Akebia quinata   FAMILY Lardizabalaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Five-leaf Akebia, Chocolate-vine