Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Climbing woody vine
Perennial
Polygamous

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont & Mountains)

Look for it in swamp forests, marshes, wet thickets, moist to wet maritime forests, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Bipinnately or tripinnately compound
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Creamy-white
Bisexual & unisexual
Radially symmetrical
Saucer-shaped calyx, lobes usually obsolete
5 petals
5 stamens, abortive in pistillate flowers
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Blue/Black
Drupe

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Vitales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Nekemias arborea   FAMILY Vitaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ampelopsis arborea   FAMILY Vitaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 120-03-001:
Ampelopsis arborea   FAMILY Vitaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Synopsis of Nekemias, segregate from Ampelopsis (Wen, Boggan & Nie, 2014)
Nekemias arborea

 

COMMON NAME:
Peppervine


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picture of Ampelopsis arborea, image of Nekemias arborea

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_amar5_001_lvd

        

picture of Ampelopsis arborea, image of Nekemias arborea

JK Marlow    jkm070414_022

April    Calhoun County    SC

Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve

picture of Ampelopsis arborea, image of Nekemias arborea

JK Marlow    s090515_21

May    Georgetown County    SC

Leaves bipinnately or tripinnately compound. Leaflets coarsely serrate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Peppervine, Trumpet-creeper and Wisteria

picture of Ampelopsis arborea, image of Nekemias arborea

JK Marlow    jkm140922_875

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Plant glabrous or glabrate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Ampelopsis arborea, image of Nekemias arborea

JK Marlow    jkm140922_878

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Branched tendrils opposite some leaves, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

picture of Ampelopsis arborea, image of Nekemias arborea

JK Marlow    jkm140922_880

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

picture of Ampelopsis arborea, image of Nekemias arborea

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_ampelopsis_arborea

October        

Berries shiny red to black, dry, w 2-5 black seeds resembling peppercorns, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.