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Medicine vine
Hippocratea volubilis
Celastraceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Climbing woody vine.
Dimensions:
N/A; a climbing vine with stems to 20 feet or more.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Monroe and Miami-Dade counties north along the west coast to Lee County; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. Very rare in the Monroe County Keys and perhaps absent south of Key Largo.
Habitats:
Upland margins of mangrove swamps. Rare in hammocks inland.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained limestone or calcareous sandy soils, with humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Light shade to full sun.
Flower Color:
Greenish-white.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy.
Flowering Season:
Spring-summer.
Fruit:
Lobed capsule with winged seeds.
Comments:
It has medicinal properties.


 


George D. Gann
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
Roger L. Hammer
Keith A. Bradley
Marty Roessler, May 2016
Collier-Seminole State Park, Collier County, Florida, USA
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Marty Roessler, May 2016
Collier-Seminole State Park, Collier County, Florida, USA
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Marty Roessler, May 2016
Collier-Seminole State Park, Collier County, Florida, USA
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