Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


920

Herbaceous vine
Perennial
Has milky sap (latex)

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

Rare

Look for it in woodlands & thickets, generally over mafic (in Piedmont) or calcareous rocks (in Coastal Plain), per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade

LEAVES:
Simple
Usually opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Maroon
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 decipiens   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Matelea decipiens   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 157-03-004:
Matelea decipiens   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Deceptive Spinypod


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image of Matelea decipiens

JK Marlow    jkm060506_105

May    Anderson County    SC

Clemson Forest

Buds are conical to cylindrical, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Matelea decipiens

JK Marlow    jkm060506_105b

May    Anderson County    SC

Clemson Forest

Corolla lobes are 3-4x as long as wide, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.


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