Menispermum canadense L.
Common Name: MOONSEED
Coefficient of Conservatism: 5
Coefficient of Wetness: 0
Wetness Index: FAC
Physiognomy: Nt W-Vine

A vine climbing on various trees and shrubs in swamps, rich forests, and thickets, especially along rivers. Very local northward, along rivers such as the Au Sable, Boardman, Manistee, Menominee, Muskegon, and Pentwater. This dioecious vine is readily recognized by the peltate leaves, with petiole attached very near the margin of the ± cordate base of the blade, which is slightly pubescent along the veins beneath and usually ± shallowly (rarely deeply) lobed or with a few large teeth. The fruit is a glaucous drupe, looking rather like a wild grape, with a crescent-shaped pit.

Locations

Allegan County
Antrim County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Branch County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Clare County
Clinton County
Eaton County
Genesee County
Grand Traverse County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Ingham County
Ionia County
Iosco County
Isabella County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Lake County
Lapeer County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Manistee County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Midland County
Missaukee County
Monroe County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Oscoda County
Ottawa County
Shiawassee County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 12, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1693.