Ladies'-Eardrops
Brunnichia ovata
Polygonaceae (Buckwheat) Family

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The plant is a climbing, partly woody perennial vine. Its preferred habitat is wet woods, swampy areas and stream banks. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are alternate on the stem; consisting of one whole part; oval to broadly lance-like; no teeth and no lobes. Tip forms an angle to the left, tapering and pinched. Leaf base is squared.

The flowers are clustered in the leaf axil. The calyx is five-lobed, yellowish-green in color; eight stamens. Flowers occur in the spring, but since the fruit is the most significant and prominent, it is the fruit by which the plant is most often identified.

Fruit is a nutlet.

Ladies' Eardrops may also be known as Redvine, Queen's Tears, and American Buckwheat Vine. Other synonyms applicable to this plant are Rajana ovata and B. ciorrhosa.

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