Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Decumaria barbara L.
- Family: Saxifrage (Saxifragaceae)
- Flowering: May-June
- Field Marks: This woody vine has opposite leaves, and flowers with 7-12 creamy white petals
and 20-30 stamens.
- Habitat: Always found in wet to saturated soils in places like low woods, and swamps.
- Habit: High-climbing woody vine with numerous aerial roots.
- Stems: Climbing, as much as 2 inches in diameter.
- Leaves: Opposite, simple, ovate to obovate, pointed at the tip, rounded at the base, up to 5
inches long, up to nearly 3 inches wide, toothless or with a few teeth in the upper half of the leaf,
smooth on the upper surface, usually sparsely hairy on the lower surface.
- Flowers: Numerous small flowers in terminal, compound cymes, the cymes up to 4 1/2 inches across.
- Sepals: 7-12, triangular, creamy white, united below to form a tube, the tube up to 1/5 inch
- Petals: 7-12, creamy white, lanceolate, up to 1/8 inch long.
- Stamens: 20-30.
- Pistils: Ovary inferior; stigma with 7-10 lobes.
- Fruits: Capsules obovoid, longitudinally ribbed, up to 1/5 inch long, with the style persistent;
seeds linear, shiny, yellow, up to 1/10 inch long.
- Notes: This species is also called climbing hydrangea.
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