Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


919

Herbaceous vine
Perennial
Has milky sap (latex)

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

Common in Piedmont & GA Mountains (rare elesewhere in GA-NC-SC)

Look for it in moist to dry, nutrient-rich forests, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Usually opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Maroon (rarely yellow)
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed rotate corolla
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Follicle

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Matelea carolinensis   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Matelea carolinensis   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 157-03-005:
Matelea carolinensis   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Gonolobus carolinensis

 

COMMON NAME:
Carolina Spinypod, Climbing Milkweed