Cocculus carolinus (L.) DC.

Carolina Moonseed

Cocculus carolinus plant

Family - Menispermaceae

Stems - No info yet.

Cocculus carolinus stem

Leaves - No info yet.

Cocculus carolinus leaves

Inflorescence - No info yet.

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Cocculus carolinus flowerFlower close-up.

Cocculus carolinus fruitsDeveloping fruits.

Flowering - July - August.

Habitat - Rocky open woods, limestone glades, thickets along streams and ponds, moist ground, fence rows, roadsides.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This popular species can be found mainly in the southern 1/3 of Missouri. The plant is easy to identify because of its hastate to pandurate leaves and big red fruits. The fruits have seeds which resemble a 3/4 moon.

Photographs taken along the shores of the Current River, Shannon County, MO., 7-24-04.