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Thursday - January 02, 2014

From: Travis Peak, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Plant Identification, Vines
Title: Identification of a vine with 3 leaves and a red trunk
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

What is a vine with 3 leaves that has a red trunk?

ANSWER:

Here are the two vines that I could find with three leaves and a reddish stem that grow in Travis County:

If neither of these is the vine you have seen and you have a photo or photos of it, please visit our Plant Identification page to find links to several plant identification forums that will accept photos of plants for identification.

 

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