Carolinas and Georgia

1171

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Pueraria montana var. lobata   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pueraria montana var. lobata   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-48-001:
Pueraria lobata   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Pueraria thunbergiana

 

COMMON NAME:
Kudzu, Foot-a-Day


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Look for it on roadsides, in waste areas, per Weakley's Flora

Woody vine
Perennial

Non-native: east Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common


INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

full sun

LEAVES:
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Reddish-purple
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed campanulate calyx (upper lobes united, so it appears 4-lobed)
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
Superior ovary
Flowers in dense, axillary, spikelike racemes

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Pueraria montana var. lobata   FAMILY Fabaceae

Kudzu, Foot-a-Day