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Celastrus scandens

Celastrus scandens L.

 

American Bittersweet

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderCelastralesAbout 1300 varied mostly tropical and subtropical plants
FamilyCelastraceaeStaff vine or bittersweet family of vines, shrubs and small trees
GenusCelastrusGreek for a type of evergreen plant
Speciesscandens“Climbing”

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Celastrus scandens description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 23 May 2010.

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Celastrus scandens (American Bittersweet)

No berries to confirm ID · 10/22/2009 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm) ID is uncertain

Celastrus scandens (American Bittersweet)

No berries to confirm ID · 10/22/2009 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Celastrus scandens (American Bittersweet)

Vine on witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana). No berries to confirm ID. · 10/22/2009 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 16 × 24" (41 × 62 cm) ID is uncertain

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