Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3039

Herbaceous vine
Annual/Biennial/Perennial

Non-native: Tropical America

Documented growing wild in GA - SC

Rare

Look for it in disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

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

 

LEAVES:
Biternately compound
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White
Functionally unisexual
Not symmetrical
4 sepals
4 petals
Superior ovary
Flowers in axillary clusters

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Green
Capsule

 

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



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cardiospermum halicacabum   FAMILY Sapindaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cardiospermum halicacabum   FAMILY Sapindaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 117-01-001:
Cardiospermum halicacabum   FAMILY Sapindaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Balloon Vine, Love-in-a-puff, Heartseed


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image of Cardiospermum halicacabum, Balloon Vine, Love-in-a-puff, Heartseed

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_caha13_001_lvd

        

image of Cardiospermum halicacabum, Balloon Vine, Love-in-a-puff, Heartseed

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_caha13_004_lvd

        

image of Cardiospermum halicacabum, Balloon Vine, Love-in-a-puff, Heartseed

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_halicacabum

August    Whitfield County    GA

Flowers 0.2" wide, borne in small clusters on long stalks from leaf axils, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Cardiospermum halicacabum, Balloon Vine, Love-in-a-puff, Heartseed

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_halicacabum_8

August    Whitfield County    GA

Fruiting capsule green, downy, inflated, papery, almost round to egg-shaped, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Cardiospermum halicacabum, Balloon Vine, Love-in-a-puff, Heartseed

John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org    bug_1391459

Month Unknown        

image of Cardiospermum halicacabum, Balloon Vine, Love-in-a-puff, Heartseed

John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org    bug_1391461

Month Unknown        

image of Cardiospermum halicacabum, Balloon Vine, Love-in-a-puff, Heartseed

Michael Jordan, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Bugwood.org    bug_5351098

Month Unknown        

The lance-shaped leaflets are coarsely toothed or lobed and weakly hairy, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.