The Info List - Antigonon Leptopus

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leptopus, commonly known as Mexican creeper, coral vine, bee bush (in most Caribbean islands) or San Miguelito vine, is a species of flowering plant in the buckwheat family, Polygonaceae. It is a perennial that is native to Mexico. It is a vine with pink or white flowers ( Antigonon
leptopus 'alba' ).


1 Invasive species 2 Description 3 Uses 4 References 5 External links

Invasive species[edit] It is listed as a category II invasive exotic by the Florida's pest plant council. Description[edit]


leptopus is a fast-growing climbing vine that holds via tendrils, and is able to reach 25 ft or more in length. It has cordate (heart shaped), sometimes triangular leaves 2½ to 7½ cm long the flowers are borne in panicles, clusted along the rachis producing pink or white flowers from spring to autumn, it forms underground tubers and large rootstocks, it is a prolific seed producer, the seeds float on water, the fruit and seeds are eaten and spread by a wide range of animals such as pigs, raccoons and birds. The tubers will resprout if it is cut back or damaged by frost.

A white colored form

Uses[edit] Antigonon
leptopus was prepared for consumption by the aboriginal inhabitants of Baja California
Baja California
in a way reminiscent of popcorn. The seeds were toasted by placing them in a flat basket made of flexible twigs torn into several strips and woven to make a solid surface. On top of the seeds they would put live coals, and with both hands they would shake the basket so that the coals come up against the seeds, toasting them but not burning the basket. When the toasting is finished the burned out coals are removed and a major portion of the seeds are burst open exposing a white meal. Afterwards the seeds are separated from the husks from which they have come by dextrously tossing them into the air with the basket, just as wheat is winnowed in Spain. Thus cleaned they would grind and eat the prepared meal. They would also boil it and make fried cakes.[3] References[edit]

^ " Antigonon
leptopus". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service
Agricultural Research Service
(ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 2010-10-21.  ^ "The Plant
List: A Working List of All Plant
Species". Retrieved May 16, 2014.  ^ https://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/3628552

External links[edit] Media related to Antigonon
leptopus at Wikimedia Commons Data related to Antigonon
leptopus at Wikispecies

Dressler, S.; Schmidt, M. & Zizka, G. (2014). "Antigonon leptopus". African plants – a Photo Guide. Frankfurt/Main: Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg. 

Taxon identifiers

Wd: Q311521 APDB: 116112 EoL: 2501379 EPPO: AIGLE FloraBase: 13822 FNA: 200006703 GBIF: 2889355 GRIN: 3650 iNaturalist: 48380 IPNI: 15860-2 ITIS: 20994 NCBI: 137667 Plant
List: kew-2642295 PLANTS: ANLE4 Tropicos: 26000132

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