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Wild Florida Vines

Vine Galleries - 1 2 3 4

On this page - Coral Vine, Golden Pothos,  Hairy Pod Cowpea, American Groundnut, Rubber Vine, Mangrove Rubbervine, Salt Marsh Morning-glory, Downy Milkpea, Elliott's Milkpea, Climbing Aster

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Coral Vine (Antigonon leptopus)Image - Coral vine covering shrubs

Pictures - (L) Coral Vine & flowers (R) Coral vine overtaking native plants.

Name - Coral Vine

(Antigonon leptopus)

Family - Polygonaceae

Habitat - Disturbed areas, roadsides, hammocks.

Description - Introduced category 2 invasive species, reaching lengths of 30 to 40 feet and climbing by tendrils. Cordate leaves are up to 4 inches long with entire, slightly undulate ( wavy ) margins. The upper leaf surface has recessed veins & wrinkled appearance.

Flower -Racemes of tiny flowers with larger colorful sepals, varying from pink to coral to white are produced in summer.

Golden Pothos (Epipremnum pinnatum) Golden Pothos leaf

Pictures - Golden Pothos growing on a Sabal Palm.

Name - Golden Pothos

(Epipremnum pinnatum (L.)Engl)

Family - Araceae

Habitat - Hammocks - coastal and inland

Description - Introduced climbing vine to 30 feet or more, often seen on Sabal Palms, leaves are alternate, ovate, average 18 inches long up to 36 inches. This vine is commonly sold as a potted plant in garden centers and as such usually has a much smaller stature with leaves rarely exceeding 4-5 inches.

Image - Cowpea, Yellow Vigna (Vigna luteola)

Picture - Hairy Pod Cowpea Vine

Name - Hairy Pod Cowpea, Yellow Vigna

(Vigna luteola)

Family - Fabaceae

Habitat - Tidal flats, Thickets, Tidal Marshes, Flatwoods, disturbed sites.

Description - Native perennial vine. Pinnately compound leaves with 3 ovate to linear lanceolate leaflets.

Flower - Yellow, 3/4 inch pea-like, blooms year-round.

Image - American Groundnut (Apios americana) flower Image - American Groundnut (Apios americana) leaf Image - American Groundnut (Apios americana) vine  Butterfly

Pictures - (L) American Groundnut flowers (C) Leaf (R) Vine

Name - American Groundnut Vine

(Apios americana)

Family - Fabaceae

Habitat - Hammocks, Floodplains & thickets on wet soils

Description - Groundnut is a herbaceous perennial native Florida vine found throughout the state. A twining, climbing vine that reaches lengths over 10 feet. Leaves are pinnately compound with 5-7 leaflets. Reddish brown to maroon colored & fragrant flowers are produced on racemes from leaf axils in the summer and fall, followed by the pea like pods. Larval host plant for some butterflies.

Devil's Potato (Echites umbellata Jacquin) Devil's Potato (Echites umbellata Jacquin)

Pictures - Rubber Vine and close-up of leaf.

Name - Devil's Potato, Rubber vine

(Echites umbellata Jacquin)

Family - Apocynaceae

Habitat - Coastal strand, hammocks, the margins of Mangrove swamps on the Atlantic coast.

Description - Native perennial climbing or clambering vine with milky white sap, 5 feet or more in length. Leaves are thick ovate, oppositely arranged with pointed tips and are V- shaped, related to the Alamanda and Frangipani.

Flower - Hanging 5-6 inch long funnel shaped flower with spiraled, ruffled white petals, blooming year-round in South Florida.

Mangrove Rubbervine (Rhabdadenia biflora (Jacq.)Müll.Arg.) Mangrove Rubbervine flower

Pictures - Mangrove Rubbervine whole plant, flower close-up

Name - Mangrove Rubber vine

(Rhabdadenia biflora)

Family - Apocynaceae

Habitat - Coastal Hammocks, Coastal Swamps and Salt Marshes.

Description - Native perennial climbing vine, stems may be 10 feet or more in length. Leaves are elliptic to slightly obovate with prominent veins and mid-rib. 

Flower - White tubular flower with a yellow throat.

Glades Morning Glory (Ipomoea sagittata Poir) Glades Morning Glory (Ipomoea sagittata Poir) leaf

Pictures - Salt Marsh Morning-glory flower, leaf.

Name - Glades Morning-glory, Salt Marsh Morning-glory

(Ipomoea sagittata Poir.)

Family - Convolvulaceae

Habitat - Coastal Dunes, Salt Marsh, Freshwater Marsh, moist and seasonally inundated sites, on sandy soils containing some organic content.

Description - Native, twining herbaceous vine to about 5 feet in length, sometimes forming dense mats. Sagittate (arrowhead shaped) leaves with lanceolate basil lobes.  

Flower - Purple, funnel shaped, solitary or in groups of 2 or 3.

Downy Milkpea (Galactia volubilis (L.)Britton) Downy Milkpea flower (Galactia volubilis (L.)Britton)

Pictures - Downy Milkpea plant, flower close-up.

Name - Downy Milkpea

(Galactia volubilis (L.)Britton)

Family - Fabaceae

Habitat - Pinelands, Upland Forests, Scrub

Description - Native perennial twining vine, tri-foliate elliptic leaves usually having a notched or indented apex.

Flower - Pea-like, purple, fading to a pinkish color before dropping.

Elliott's Milkpea (Galactia elliottii Nutt)

Picture - Elliott's Milkpea with flowers.

Name - Elliott's Milkpea

(Galactia elliottii Nutt.)

Family - Fabaceae

Habitat - Dry pine flatwoods, Sand scrub, Xeric Hammock

Description - Native. Perennial trailing or twining vine. Leaf compound with 7-9 elliptic, pubescent leaflets.

Flower - White, on long racemes bearing 4-5 flowers

Image - Climbing Aster (Aster carolinianus)

Picture - Climbing Aster on Sabal palm trunk

Name - Climbing Aster

(Ampelaster carolinianus)

Family - Asteraceae

Habitat - Margins of swamps, marshes, freshwater creek and stream banks, open flatwoods.

Description - Native, Perennial shrub/vine.

Height - Variable, generally 6-12 feet.

Flower - 1 1/2 inch diameter, pink to lavender, with a yellow or reddish-yellow center.

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