Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Herbaceous vine
Perennial
Dioecious

Non-native: China
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Mountains & Carolina Piedmont, uncommon elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Look for it in thickets, disturbed areas, bottomland forests, 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:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate or opposite

FLOWER:
Summer
Greenish-white
Unisexual
6 tepals
6 stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Dioscoreales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Dioscorea polystachya   FAMILY Dioscoreaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dioscorea oppositifolia   FAMILY Dioscoreaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 043-01-001:
Dioscorea batatas   FAMILY Dioscoreaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Cinnamon Vine, Chinese Yam