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Celastrus orbiculatus

Submitted by Linda Rohleder on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:45


Terrestrial Plant
Species (Common): 
Oriental Bittersweet

Celastrus orbiculatus: Oriental Bittersweet

Plant Identification:

  • Growth form: deciduous, woody, perennial vine that can sometimes occur as a trailing shrub. Stems of older plants can grow 4 inches in diamater
  • Leaf: glossy, rounded, finely toothed and alternately arranged
  • Flowers: small, green, emerging from the leaf axil. 5 sepals and 5 petals
  • Fruit: globose, loculicidal capsules, 6-8 mm in diameter and change from green to bright yellow as they mature

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