Cayratia japonica
  • ALTERNATE COMMON NAME: sorrel vine
  • LEAVES: alternate, five-foliate leaves; leaflets ovate, 1 to 3 inches long by 3/4 inches wide; coarsely-toothed
  • FLOWER: small salmon-colored flowers; arranged in umbels or corymbs; not reported to set fruit along the north gulf coastal plain
  • FRUIT: 2- to 4-seeded berries
  • TWIGS: bifurcating tendrils opposite the leaves
  • BARK:
  • FORM: high-climbing, smothering vine
  • HABITAT: found on disturbed sites
  • RANGE: native to southeast Asia; reported in Louisiana, Texas, and California
  • USES: reportedly used as a medicinal plant in southeast Asia; increasingly common invasive plant in Texas and Louisiana
  • Best Recognition Features:
    1. vine with five-foliate leaves
    2. branched tendrils opposite leaves at node

    NOTES: an increasingly common invasive vine; no reported effective herbicides; control requires thorough hand-pulling; reportedly only spreads vegetatively in the southern US