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Antigonon leptopus, Coral Vine

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Scientific Name: Antigonon leptopus
Common Name: Coral Vine
Also Called: Confederate Vine, Mexican Coral Vine, Mexican Creeper, Mountain-rose Coralvine, Pink Vine, Queen's Jewels, Queen's Wreath (Spanish: Sanmiguelito, Flor de San Miguel, Coronella, Coronillo, Bellissima, Cadeña de Amor)
Family: Polygonaceae, Buckwheat Family
Synonyms: (Antigonon platypus, Corculum leptopum)
Status: Introduced
Duration: Perennial
Size: Climbing vine up to 40 feet or more.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; fast growing vine with curling tendrils, stems clambering; multiple branches, branches angular
Leaves: Green; heart shaped leaves (cordate), undulating and with petioles, glabrous or pubescent, margins ciliate.
Flower Color: Pink, reddish or white; terminal showy flowers on branch tips, fruit an achene
Flowering Season: Fall or year-round.
Elevation: Sea-level to 3,500 feet.

Habitat Preferences: ?

Recorded Range: Antigonon leptopus is an introduced species in the south eastern border states in AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, SC, TX. This species appears to be naturalized in Florida. Antigonon leptopus does not occur naturally in Arizona.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Antigonon leptopus.

U.S. Weed Information: In North America Antigonon leptopus can be weedy or invasive according to the following authoritative sources; Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. 1999. Invasive plant list. Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. Florida. Plants included here may become weedy or invasive.

Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: In North America Antigonon leptopus has the following wetland designations: Arid West, FAC; Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain, FAC; Eastern Mountains and Piedmont, FACU; Great Plains, FAC;
FAC = Facultative, occur in wetlands and non-wetlands
FACU = Facultative Upland, usually occur in non-wetlands, but may occur in wetlands.

Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: USDA lists 3 species and 2 accepted taxa overall.
The Plant List includes 14 scientific plant names of species rank for the genus Antigonon. Of these 3 are accepted species names.

Comments: Coral Vine or Queen's Wreath is native to Baja California, north or central Mexico and South America. This drought tolerant plant is available commercially in the southwest and makes a wonderful landscape species that needs support or in associated with large trees or tall structures.

Date Profile Completed: 06/01/2016, updated format 09/30/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search - (accessed )
Craig C. Freeman, FNA | Family List | FNA Vol.5 | Polygonaceae | Antigonon 1. Antigonon leptopus Hooker & Arnott, Bot. Beechy Voy. 308, plate 69. 1838. Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford.
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 06/01/2016).
Wikipedia contributors, 'Antigonon leptopus', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 1 January 2016, 19:37 UTC, [accessed 1 June 2016]
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names, recorded geographic locations and general information ).