Nekemias arborea

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Common name: peppervine [1]

Nekemias arborea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Rhamnales
Family: Vitaceae
Genus: Nekemias
Species: N. arborea
Binomial name
Nekemias arborea
Natural range of Nekemias arborea from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: Ampelopsis arborea (Linnaeus) Koehne

Varieties: Nekemias megalophylla (Diels & Gilg) J. Wen & Z.L. Nie


N. arborea is a perennial shrub/vine of the Vitaceae family native to North America and Puerto Rico. [1]


N. arborea is found in the southeastern corner of the United States from New Mexico to Maryland, as well as Puerto Rico. [1]



N. arborea proliferates in swamp forests, marshes, wet thickets, and moist to wet maritime forests. [2] Specimens have been collected from coastal scrub savannah, waterfront, upper tidal mixed forest, and cypress canopy region. [3]

Conservation and Management

N. arborea is considered a weedy or invasive species by the Southern Weed Science Society. [1]

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 USDA Plant Database
  2. Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  3. URL: Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: R.K. Godfrey, R.F. Doren, R. Komarek, Loran C. Anderson, Ron Hughes, M. Darst, H. Light, J. Good, L. Peed. States and counties: Florida (Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla, Franklin, Holmes, Dixie) South Carolina (Richland)