Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
This southeastern species has the remarkable habit of often growing as a creeping vine under the bark of Taxodium ascendens or Chamaecyparis, the branches exserted through the cypress bark, sometimes ascending into the upper canopy with the main stem never visible except at the very base of the tree; it also sometimes grows as a low shrub. See Godfrey & Wooten (1981) and Godfrey (1989) for excellent descriptions and illustrations of this curious "shrub-vine", per Weakley's Flora (2022)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Vine-wicky, Climbing Fetterbush, Climbing Wicky
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Will Stuart wil_8578178428_5881ea1cdd
March Pickens County SC
SC Botanical Garden
The only viny member of the Ericaceae in the United States, per Flora of North America.
Alan S. Weakley asw_968183244350757
Apalachicola National Forest
Leaves dark green, oblong, leathery; margins smooth or may be minutely toothed beyond midleaf, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006).
Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Flora of North America
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Shrub; Woody vine
Native to South Carolina & Georgia
Uncommon in GA Coastal Plain, rare in SC
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Weakly 5-ridged cylindric-urceolate corolla
10 included stamens
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006) p131
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC (Porcher & Rayner, 2001) p320
- Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast (Foote & Jones, 1989) p110
- Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry (Porcher, 1995) p191
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide (Lance, 2004) p236
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