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.[2]

Varieties: Nekemias megalophylla (Diels & Gilg) J. Wen & Z.L. Nie.[2]


N. arborea is a perennial shrub/vine of the Vitaceae family native to North America and Puerto Rico.[1] Its leaflets are 2-6 cm long.[2]


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.[3] Specimens have been collected from coastal scrub savannah, waterfront, upper tidal mixed forest, and cypress canopy region.[4] Phenology: N. arboreum flowers from Jun through October.[2]

Fire ecology

Populations of Nekemias arborea have been known to persist through repeated annual burning.[5]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

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

Cultural use

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 USDA Plant Database
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 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.
  3. Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  4. 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)
  5. Platt, W.J., R. Carter, G. Nelson, W. Baker, S. Hermann, J. Kane, L. Anderson, M. Smith, K. Robertson. 2021. Unpublished species list of Wade Tract old-growth longleaf pine savanna, Thomasville, Georgia.