Hippocratea volubilis


Sp. Pl. 2: 1191. 1753.

Common names: Medicine vine
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 119.
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Vines 20–25 m. Stems much-branched, ascending, green. Leaves: blade elliptic to ovate or obovate, 5–14 × 2–8 cm. Inflorescences 4–12 cm, brownish tomentulose or puberulent. Flowers 4–8 mm diam.; sepals 0.5–1.2 mm; petals 2.5–4 mm. Capsules 4–8 × 1.5–5 cm. Seeds 1.3–2.5 × 4–7 mm, wing obovate-oblong, 2–4 cm.

Phenology: Flowering spring–summer; fruiting fall–winter.
Habitat: Hammocks, stream banks, shores, mangrove and hardwood swamps.
Elevation: 0–10 m.


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Fla., s Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America.


Hippocratea volubilis often climbs to the tops of trees, binding itself and the supporting vegetation into an impenetrable network.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Jinshuang Ma +
Linnaeus +
Medicine vine +
Fla. +, s Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America +  and South America. +
0–10 m. +
Hammocks, stream banks, shores, mangrove and hardwood swamps. +
Flowering spring–summer +  and fruiting fall–winter. +
Illustrated +
Hippocratea volubilis +
Hippocratea +
species +