(Rattan Vine - Alabama Supplejack - American Rattan)
Berchemia scandens
Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn) Family

The plant is a smooth, woody vine with reddish brown branches. Each plant is either male or female. Its preferred habitat is mixed woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are alternate on the stem, consisting of one whole part. Each leaf has a short leaf stalk, or occasionally it will be more than 1 inch long. The shape is ovate to widest at the middle and the margins may be smooth or have scattered teeth. The leaf base is rounded or wedge-shaped with a rounded or blunt tip.

The flowers are in terminal or axillary panicles (male and female on separate plants). The color is greenish; 5 sepals and 5 petals. Flowers occur in late spring and early summer, but the plant is also known to produce both flower and fruit in early autumn.

Fruit is a drupe. 

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