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chocolate vine
Akebia quinata (Houtt.) Dcne.

Overview

Appearance
Akebia quinata is an invasive deciduous to evergreen climbing or trailing vine that invades forested areas throughout the eastern United States. The twining vines are green when young, turning brown as they age.
Foliage
The leaves are palmately compound with up to five, 1.5-3 in. (2.5-7.6 cm) long, oval leaflets.
Flower
Flowering occurs in the mid-spring, when small, purple to red, fragrant flowers develop.
Fruit
Fruit, which are rarely produced, are purple seed pods that contain white pulp and small black seeds.
Ecological Threat
Akebia quinata is able to invade forested habitats because it is shade tolerant. The dense mat of vines formed can displace native understory species. It can also climb into, smother, and kill small trees and shrubs. Akebia quinata is native to eastern Asia and was first introduced into the United States in 1845 as an ornamental.

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Infestation
Shep Zedaker
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Plant(s)
Nancy Loewenstein
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Flower(s)
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Foliage
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Fruit(s)
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Fruit(s)
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Stem(s)
James H. Miller
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Flower(s)
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Foliage
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Flower(s)
Nancy Dagley
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Seed(s)
James H. Miller
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Fruit(s)
Leslie J. Mehrhoff
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Fruit(s)
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Stem(s)
James H. Miller
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Bark
Leslie J. Mehrhoff
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Infestation
Shep Zedaker
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Akebia quinata
Infestation
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Maps


EDDMapS Distribution - This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts, herbaria, and literature. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org

EDDMapS Distribution

State Regulated List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their regulated list. For more information, visit Invasive.org

State Regulated List

Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Magnoliidae
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Lardizabalaceae
Genus: Akebia

Other System Links

Plants: AKQU
GRIN: 2103
ITIS: 18857
NPDN Host: 34602

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
fiveleaf akebia

Categories

Category: Vines