Commicarpus scandens

(Linnaeus) Standley

Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 12: 373. 1909.

Common names: Climbing wortclub
Basionym: Boerhavia scandens Linnaeus Sp. Pl. 1: 3. 1753
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 33. Mentioned on page 31.

Stems often tangled among themselves, 3–20 dm. Leaves: petiole 3–25 mm; blade ovate, triangular, or rhombic-orbiculate, 15–60 × 10–45 mm, base obtuse, truncate, or cordate, margins shallowly sinuate, apex usually acute or acuminate, sometimes obtuse or round. Inflorescences: peduncle 4–6 cm; umbel 4–11-flowered; pedicel 3–15 mm. Perianths pale greenish yellow, 3–4 mm, glabrous or with few minute hairs externally near margin of limb. Fruits usually reflexed at tip of pedicel, 7–10 × 1.5–2 mm.

Phenology: Flowering late spring-mid fall.
Habitat: Dry, gravelly areas, often among boulders or shrubs, roadsides
Elevation: (0-)800-1800 m


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Ariz., N.Mex., Tex., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America.


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Richard W. Spellenberg +
(Linnaeus) Standley +
Boerhavia scandens +
Climbing wortclub +
Ariz. +, N.Mex. +, Tex. +, Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America +  and South America. +
(0-)800-1800 m +
Dry, gravelly areas, often among boulders or shrubs, roadsides +
Flowering late spring-mid fall. +
Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. +
Illustrated +
Commicarpus scandens +
Commicarpus +
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