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Help with plant identification: Pipevine??

Posted by rynthae SW Florida (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 26, 14 at 22:39

Hello everyone!

I moved across the country to southwest Florida recently and I am still learning all of the local plants. I have been very interested in starting up a butterfly garden, and so I've been planting host and nectar plants for several varieties. I recently stumbled across this vine and I was wondering: is this a type of pipevine (host plant for the pipevine swallowtail)? There were no visible flowers, but the vine was extremely proliferous (growing at least ten feet tall and covering the ground where I found it). It has the signature heart-shaped leaf and tendrils seem to exhibit similar tendencies as the pipevine (wrapping together to make "braids" or "cords"). However, the vein patterns on these leaves do not seem to match pictures of most species of pipevine that I have seen.

Is this a pipevine? If so, does anyone know what species? And if it isn't a pipevine, does anyone know what it is? Whatever it is, it was growing wild near a canal down here in SW Florida, if that helps.


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RE: Help with plant identification: Pipevine??

It does look like a pipevine. Could it be Kudzu?
I have not grown pipevine, but am impressed with the selection offered by Lazy s's nursery, while only a customer and many States away from them. They offer some photos that might help in ID.


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RE: Help with plant identification: Pipevine??

This looks like the invasive Air Potato vine (Dioscorea bulbifera).


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RE: Help with plant identification: Pipevine??

I looked it up and I have to agree, trini1, it looks exactly like an Invasive Air Potato, so I'm inclined to think that's what this is... looks like I'll be ordering some pipevine seeds after all!


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