Cynanchum laeve (Michx.) Pers.

Locations ofCynanchum laeve (Michx.) Pers. in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Cynanchum laeve (Michx.) Pers.
Common Name
Honeyvine, Sandvine
Ampelamus albidus (Nutt.) Britt.; Ampelamus laevis (Michx.) Krings
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Cynanchum laeve (Michx.) Persoon
Flora of the Southeastern U.S. treats occurrences of this species east of the Appalachians as "likely introduced." However, early collections of the species and its frequency in high-quality bottomland forests along major Virginia rivers suggest that, like a number of other species, it breached the Appalachians pre-settlement. Its occurrence in disturbed habitats likely followed post-settlement landscape alterations. At least for now, we are continuing to treat Cynanchum laeve as a native species until more evidence to the contrary emerges.
Floodplain forests, flood-scoured river shores, stream banks, and various moist to wet, disturbed habitats. Frequent in the Coastal Plain and Piedmont; infrequent in the mountains, except along the Potomac, Shenandoah, James, and New rivers.
Native Status

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