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Woody or herbaceous plants which produce flexible stems that climb, trail, or creep. Vines may lie prostrate on the ground or have tendrils, twining stems, or other mechanisms to cling to natural and manmade structures.

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Air Potato (Dioscorea bulbifera)

Air potato is an invasive plant species in Florida that should be removed from public and private properties to help protect the state's natural areas. It can quickly engulf native vegetation in natural areas, climbing high into mature tree canopies. It produces large numbers of bulbils (aerial tubers), which facilitate its spread and make it extremely difficult to eliminate because new plants sprout from even very small bulbils. It invades a variety of habitats including pinelands and hammocks of natural areas.

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea is a tropical vining shrub that comes in a wide array of bright and fanciful colors. The "flowers" are actually modified leaves, called bracts, that are long-lasting and bright. The colorful bracts outshine the plant's true (but tiny) flower, much like a poinsettia. For more information on Bougainvillea, see the UF/IFAS Gardening Solutions Bougainvillea page.

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Canavalia maritima Beach Bean, Bay Bean

FP100/FPS100 by Edward F. Gilman, Ryan W. Klein, and Gail HansenMarch 8th, 2023A UF/IFAS numbered Organism ID.

Pandorea jasminoides Bower Plant, Bower Vine

FP453/FPS453 by Edward F. Gilman, Ryan W. Klein, and Gail HansenFebruary 6th, 2024A UF/IFAS numbered Organism ID.

Related IFAS Blog Posts

Video: Smilax Vines

Beth BollesMay 19th, 2023Smilax is a common vine that can pop up in unwanted spots in landscapes. Learn about how this plant grows and management techniques with UF IFAS Escambia County Extension.

Vines of Mistaken Identity: Trumpet Vine

Taylor Clem, PhDMarch 21st, 2023In the Vines of Mistaken Identify, we’re exploring the different types of vines commonly called “invasive” around Nassau County. Rather, in fact, these vines are not invasive and many of them are native too, which provides amazing benefits to our ecosystem and environment. Our current blog explores Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans). It’s Important Value There […]

Vines of Mistaken Identity: Virginia Creeper

Taylor Clem, PhDFebruary 24th, 2023In the Vines of Mistaken Identify, we’re exploring the different types of vines commonly called “invasive” around Nassau County. Rather, in fact, these vines are not invasive and many of them are native too, which provides amazing benefits to our ecosystem and environment. This blog discusses the Virginia Creeper. It’s Important Value Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus […]

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