Calystegia catesbeiana

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Common name: Catesby's Bindweed

Calystegia catesbeiana
Calystegia catesbeiana AFP.jpg
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Genus: Catystegia
Species: C. catesbeiana
Binomial name
Calystegia catesbeiana
Natural range of Calystegia catesbeiana from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: Calystegia spithamaea; Calystegia sericata (House) Bell; Convolvulus sericatus House; Convolvulus spithamaeus Linnaeus var. pubescens (Gray) Fernald.[1]

Subspecies: Calystegia catesbeiana Pursh ssp. catesbeiana; Calystegia catesbeiana Pursh ssp. sericata (House) Brummitt.[1]


C. catesbeiana is a perennial forb/herb and vine of the Convolvulaceae family native to North America. [2] Stems erect or decumbent, rarely twining; lvs to 5 cm long, basally lobed; corollas white, to 5 cm long and wide; flrs axillary from lower axils only. [3]


C. catesbeiana can be found in the southeastern corner of the United States. [2]



C. catesbeiana proliferates in longleaf pine savannas, marsh edges, and openings in dry to dry-mesic montane forests.[4] It has also been observed in slightly distubed areas in forests (tree-fall, etc.), moist rich clay loam, shaded loamy sand, and a roadside depression.[5]


C. catesbeiana has been observed flowering from March to May.[6][5]

Fire ecology

The species has been observed in mature longleaf-wiregrass savanna communities that are frequently burned.[5]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

C. catesbeiana is listed as endangered by the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry. [2]

Cultural use

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Weakley, A.S. 2015. Flora of the southern and mid-atlantic states. Working Draft of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 USDA Plant Database
  3. Coile, N. C. (2000). Notes on Florida's Regulated Plant Index (Rule 5B-40), Botany Contribution No. 38, 3nd edition. Gainesville, Florida, Florida Deaprtment of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry.
  4. Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: March 2019. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Wilson Baker, Bill Boothe, Marcia Boothe, R. Kral, Richard S. Mitchell, and Gil Nelson. States and Counties: Florida: Jackson and Leon. Georgia: Thomas. Alabama: Talladega.
  6. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 16 MAY 2018