Brunnichia cirrhosa Gaertn.

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'Brunnichia cirrhosa' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/brunnichia/brunnichia-cirrhosa/). Accessed 2020-10-28.

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    Glossary

    calyx
    (pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
    alternate
    Attached singly along the axis not in pairs or whorls.
    axillary
    Situated in an axil.
    glabrous
    Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
    ovate
    Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.
    panicle
    A much-branched inflorescence. paniculate Having the form of a panicle.
    truncate
    Appearing as if cut off.

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    Credits

    Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

    Recommended citation
    'Brunnichia cirrhosa' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/brunnichia/brunnichia-cirrhosa/). Accessed 2020-10-28.

    A deciduous climber growing 15 ft or more high, with slender, grooved stems, glabrous except at the joints, and supporting itself by means of forked tendrils terminating the branches. Leaves alternate, ovate, truncate or heart-shaped at the base, pointed; 2 to 412 in. long, 114 to 212 in. wide; not toothed, dark glossy green, almost or quite glabrous; stalk 12 to 1 in. long. Flowers small, greenish, arranged in clusters of two to five on slender terminal and axillary racemes 112 to 6 in. long, the whole forming a loose panicle 12 to 18 in. high opening in July. Calyx persistent and surrounding the seed-vessel, enlarging and becoming leathery as the seed ripens; there is a wing 18 in. wide on one side extending down the flower-stalk, the whole ultimately about 1 in. long. Only a proportion of the flowers ripen seed and develop in this curious way. Seed deeply six-grooved.

    Native of the south-eastern United States; introduced in 1787. This curious and interesting climber has not sufficient flower beauty to gain it much recognition in gardens, and although introduced so long ago, is very uncommon. It is perfectly hardy at Kew, where it has lived without protection in the open for more than seventy years. It somewhat resembles Smilax in leaf and growth.

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