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Marcus, Joseph A.
Berchemia scandens (Hill) K. Koch
Alabama supple-jack, Alabama supplejack, Rattan-vine
USDA Symbol: besc
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A climbing vine with distinctive smooth, green bark on stems as much as 1 inch in diameter. Climbing into trees in wooded ravines and narrow canyons. Leaves from 1 to 2 1/2 inches long, with prominent veins branching from the midrib, ovate to elliptical with smooth or slightly wavy margins and a rounded or pointed tip. Flowers small, less than 1/8 inch wide, in elongate, open clusters on short lateral branchlets, appearing in April and May. Fruit small fleshy, blue black, longer than wide and slightly flattened.
The Rattan Vine is a member of the buckthorn family (family Rhamnaceae) which includes shrubs, trees, and vines, usually with small flowers in clusters.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
AL , AR , FL , GA , IL , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA Native Habitat:
Forest or natural area in open woods, along stream banks. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
BenefitUse Wildlife: Fruits eaten by wild turkey, northern bobwhite, raccoon and gray squirrel.
Interesting Foliage: yes
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-MM-798
Collected 2010-12-18 in Harrison County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2007-08-31
Research By: TWC Staff