Menispermum canadense (Moonseed)

Menispermum canadense (Moonseed) on 5-3-20, #695-37.

Moonseed Yellow Parilla

Menispermum canadense

men-see-SPER-mum  ka-na-DEN-see

Synonyms of Menispermum canadense (7) (Updated on 5-17-21 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. Mr. Linnaeus acknowledged Joseph Pitton de Tournefort for naming the genus. 

Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 2 species in the Menispermum genus (as of 5-17-21 when I Last updated this page). It is a member of the plant family Menispermaceae with 75 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made.

Distribution map of Menispermum canadense from Plants of the World Online. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.plantsoftheworldonline.org/. Retrieved on April 15, 2021.

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.

THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING AND FOR A BETTER POSITIVE ID.

Menispermum canadense (Moonseed) on 5-3-20, #695-38.

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, but I have A LOT of wildflower pages to make and publish before I start getting too busy. I update this site and add new pages over the winter but I didn’t get finished. SO, I decided to just make the page with photos and links to other sites for better plant ID. I will be taking more photos over the summer and posting but I will also be working on these pages as I have time.

Menispermum canadense (Moonseed) on 5-3-20, #695-39.

 

Menispermum canadense (Moonseed) on 5-3-20, #695-40.

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 thebelmontrooster@yahoo.com. 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)
TROPICOS (GENUS/SPECIES)
FLORA OF NORTH AMERICA (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS/SPECIES)
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
DAVE’S GARDEN
MISSOURI PLANTS
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
MSU-MIDWEST WEEDS AND WILDFLOWERS
iNATURALIST
WILDFLOWER SEARCH
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
ILLINOIS WILDFLOWERS
MINNESOTA WILDFLOWERS
PFAF(PLANTS FOR A FUTURE)
GO BOTANY
LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER
FRIENDS OF THE WILDFLOWER GARDEN
MARYLAND BIODIVERSITY PROJECT
CONNECTICUT BOTANICAL SOCIETY
CLIMBERS-UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
CAROLINA NATURE

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 (and if they update their sources or even read what they say). 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. 🙂

 

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