Mikania scandens (L.) Willd.
Climbing Hempvine, Climbing Hempweed
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Mikania angulosa, Mikania batatifolia, Mikania scandens var. pubescens, Willoughbya heterophylla
USDA Symbol: MISC
Twining vine with flat-topped clusters of white or pinkish flower heads rising from the leaf axils.
This species forms a sizable growth over other plants in moist woods and thickets. Its flower resembles that of Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum). Two similar Hemp Vines (M. batatifolia; M. cordifolia) are found in Florida.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Stems twining, up to about 50 feet long.
Fruit: Blue. Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA
Native Distribution: Southern Ontario; New England south to Florida; west to Texas.
Native Habitat: Stream banks, moist thickets, swamps.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Clay, Loam
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
Nueces River Authority - Uvalde, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0965 Collected Oct 5, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-MM-792 Collected 2006-10-30 in Hays County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Research LiteratureReslit 87 - Afterripening pattern during cold stratification of achenes of ten perennial Asteraceae from eastern North America, and evolutionary implication (1993) C. C. Baskin, J. M. Baskin and M. A. Leck
Reslit 2705 - Avoidance mechanism in plants against automobile exhaust pollution (1985) R. K. Sarkar
Reslit 2706 - A re-examination of Mikania Willd.(Compositae) in Florida (1981) C. E. Nauman
Reslit 2707 - Acclimatization to flooding of the herbaceous vine, Mikania scandens (1993) M. Moon, M. R. Rattray, F. E. Putz, G. Bowes
Reslit 2708 - Systematic value of seedling morphology in some Indian Asteraceae (1996) J. Ahammed, N. Paria
Reslit 2709 - The role of the soil seed bank in freshwater marl prairie plant community restoration: Big Cypress Basin, Florida, USA (2007) C. R. Adams, N. M. Steigerwalt, M. E. Kane
Reslit 2711 - Macrophyte species changes in the everglades: Examination along a eutrophication gradient (1999) P. Vaithiyanathan, C. J. Richardson
This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Mikania scandens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Mikania scandens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Mikania scandens
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-12-30
Research By: TWC Staff