Category Archives: Vines

Yerba de Selva

Yerba de selva means “herb of the forest” in Spanish and is an appropriate common name for a plant that prefers shaded places in the forested Coast Ranges from Monterey California to Washington State. A native perennial, yerba de selva … Continue reading

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Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) is a perennial introduced to much of temperate North America from Eurasia and Northern Africa. This invasive weed is found in moist waste places, thickets, roadsides, open forests and clearings. A member of the Nightshade Family … Continue reading

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Fringed Twinevine

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Fringed twinevine (Funastrum cynanchoides) was previously included in the Milkweed Family but is now considered a member of the Dogbane Family (Apocynaceae). Funastrum cynanchoides currently has a confused taxonomy with some researchers believing it should be separated into two subspecies … Continue reading

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California Dutchman’s Pipevine

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There are over 500 species worldwide in the “pipevine” family. These plants contain aristolochic acid and are highly toxic, particularly to kidneys. In addition pipevines are carcinogenic. Nevertheless, pipevines have been utilized as medicinal plants since the time of the … Continue reading

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Pipevine Swallowtail

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Pipevine swallowtail caterpillars (larvae) feed on Aristolochia, or pipevine, plants. There are about seven subspecies of pipevine swallowtails widely distributed throughout the United States. The Northern California subspecies (Battus philenor sp. hirsuta) is smaller and hairier than other pipevine swallowtails. … Continue reading

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