Trachelospermum difforme (Walt.) Gray

  • Family: Apocynaceae
  • Common name: climbing star-jasmine

    Twining semiwoody vine to several meters long. Leaves opposite, deciduous, 2.5-7.5 cm (1-3 in) long and 1.3-5 cm (0.5-2 in) wide, lanceolate to broadly elliptic or oval, apex usually acuminate, base cuneate to rounded, margin entire, dark green and glabrous above, paler and pubescent below, petioles 3-8 mm (0.1-0.3 in) long. Flowers in cymes clustered in leaf axils, peduncles 1.3-2 cm (0.5-0.75 in) long, corolla 5-lobed, funnelform, greenish-yellow, striped with orange inside. Fruits paired follicles 12-22 cm (5-7 in) long and about 4 mm (1/6 in) in diameter.

    Distribution: Gulf and Atlantic coastal plain from Mexico to Delaware.
    Habitat: roadsides and disturbed areas, mostly on low, damp ground.
    NWI status: FACW
    Comment:Trachelospermum means "neck-seeded"; difforme refers to the paired fruits.

    Distribution in Oklahoma:

    Last update: 9/20/99
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