Vines with Opposite Simple Leaves

(including HONEYSUCKLES /, Plate 13, p. 102)

In addition to the climbing honeysuckles, 2 European and 2 native vines have opposite simple leaves. Two are escapes from cultivation; the others barely enter southeastern Virginia.


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Euonymvs fortunei (Turcz.) Hand,-Maz.

Recognition! This and the next are the only vines of this group which climb by means of aerial rootlets like the Trumpet Creeper (Plate 7). Leaves elliptic, thick, evergreen and toothed, Twigs green and squarish. Leaves I"-3", Fruits reddish, beneath woody bracts. Sometimes spreads from plantings,

DECUMÀRIA Deeumaria barbara L, Not ¡Mus*

Recognition: Like Climbing Euonymus and Trumpet Creeper (Plate 7), this native vine climbs by aerial rootlets. Leaves thin, not evergreeny egg-shaped, toothed or not. Twigs brown. Buds red-hairy, unlike those of Trumpet Creeper (p. 47), which are greenish, smooth, and scaly. Leaves Flowers white, clustered, fragrant, May-June. Fruits many-seeded capsules, July-Aug, Damp woods; se. Virginia and Tennessee to Florida and Louisiana,


Celsemium sempervirens (L.) Ait. f.

Recognition: A twining vine with narrow to egg-shaped evergreen, somewhat leathery leaves that are not toothed. Unlike honeysuckles, no persistent scales remain at twig bases. Twigs hairless, with solid pith (all vine honeysuckles have hollow pith). Leaves sharp-tipped and separate isee honeysm-klro. Leaves V'-2W\ Flowers yellow, bell-shaped, clustered, very fragrant, March-May* Fruits capsules. Woods; se. Virginia and Arkansas to Florida and Texas,

SILK VINE Periploca g raeca L, Not illus.

Recognition: Twining vine with hollow pith, milky sap, and small nuds nearly hidden by much raised leaf scars. Flowers dark, June-Sept. Fruits mi Ik weedlike pods. European escape, New England and Kansas to Florida and Oklahoma. See following.

These 8 forms are the only climbing vines with opposite leaves which ascend by twining stems, without benefit of tendrils, aerial rootlets, clasping leafstalks, or other secondary aids (except see False Jessamine and Silkvine, above). The pith of all vine honeysuckles is hollow (lacking). he twig bases are marked by persistent scales where they join the older branchlets. The opposing leaf scars are connected by lines and the bark is papery. The tubular flowers of all species except the Trumpet Honeysuckle have a single lower and 4 upper lobes at the mouth of the tube

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