Gelsemium sempervirens [Loganiaceae]

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Scientific Name Gelsemium sempervirens USDA PLANTS Symbol GESE
Common Name Carolina Jessamine, Evening Trumpetflower ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 29932
Family Loganiaceae (Logania) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Sandy loams in open woods, thickets, abandoned fields and along roads; native to southeast Texas and further east.
Plant: Twining, evergreen vine, wiry reddish-brown stems 10 to 20 feet long; grows to 3 feet tall as an unsupported bushy ground cover sprawling by runners.
Leaves: Shiny, ovate to elliptic or lanceolate, light green leaves 1 to 3 inches long, evergreen; leaves may become yellow to purplish in winter.
Inflorescence: Fragrant, funnel-shaped, bright yellow flowers up to 1-1/2 inches long, solitary or in clusters (cymes) up to 6.
Bloom Period: February to April.
Fruit: Oblong or elliptical capsule 1-1/2 inches long.
References: www.wildflower.org, Missouri Botanical Garden and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
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