Canada Moonseed, Canadian Moonseed, Common Moonseed, Moonseed, Yellow Parilla
Synonyms of Menispermum canadense (7) (Updated on 12-4-21 from Plants of the World Online): Cissampelos smilacina L., Menispermum angulatum Moench, Menispermum canadense var. lobatum Pursh, Menispermum dauricum var. mexicanum (Rose) Kundu & S.Guha, Menispermum mexicanum Rose, Menispermum smilacinum DC., Otamplis vitifolia Raf.
Menispermum canadense L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species. The genus was described and the species was named as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
As of 12-4-21 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 2 species in the Menispermum genus. It is a member of the plant family Menispermaceae with 75 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO.
The above distribution map for Menispermum canadense is from Plants of the World Online. The map on the USDA Plants Database is the same. The species could have a broader range than what the maps show.
The map on iNaturalist shows where members have made observations. Anyone can join and it is a great website to confirm and share your observations. The maps on iNaturalist and continually updated as members post new observations.
THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING AND FOR A BETTER POSITIVE ID.
I stumbled across this interesting vine while wildflower hunting in the secluded woods on a friend’s farm. At first glance I thought it was a wild grapevine, then realized it was different. I took photos and uploaded them on iNaturalist and was able to identify the vine as Menispermum canadense, commonly known as the Moonseed. Not even in the same family as grapevines (Vitis ssp.) which are in the plant family Vitaceae.
I apologize for not writing descriptions at the moment. I am busy updating the plant pages, adding photos I took over the summer, and adding pages for plants I identified in 2021. This is a wintertime project… I will go back later and add descriptions as I have time. There are several links at the bottom of the page written by experts that know much more than I do. Writing descriptions of the plant, flowers, stems, leaves, etc. is a lengthy process and I get behind. 🙂
I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and identified over 100 species of wildflowers (most have pages listed on the right side of the page). I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing, and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a few horticulturalists I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.
I hope you found this page useful and be sure to check the links below for more information. They were written by experts and provide much more information. Some sites may not be up-to-date but they are always a work in progress. If you can, I would appreciate it if you would click on the “Like” below and leave a comment. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. You can also send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would enjoy hearing from you especially if you notice something is a bit whacky.
FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
INTERNATIONAL PLANT NAMES INDEX (GENUS/SPECIES)
FLORA OF NORTH AMERICA (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
MSU-MIDWEST WEEDS AND WILDFLOWERS
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
PFAF(PLANTS FOR A FUTURE)
LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER
FRIENDS OF THE WILDFLOWER GARDEN
MARYLAND BIODIVERSITY PROJECT
CONNECTICUT BOTANICAL SOCIETY
CLIMBERS-UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
NOTE: The data (figures, maps, accepted names, etc.) may not match on these websites. It depends on when and how they make updates and when their sources make updates. Some websites have hundreds and even many thousands of species to keep up with. Accepted scientific names change periodically and it can be hard to keep with as well. Some of the links may use a name that is a synonym on other sites. In my opinion, Plants of the World Online by Kew is the most reliable and up-to-date plant database and they make updates on a regular basis. I make updates “at least” once a year and when I write new pages or add new photos but I do get behind. We are all a work in progress. 🙂