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Adlumia fungosa (Ait.) Greene ex B.S.P.

Photo: Leaves and flowers of Allegheny Vine

Allegheny Vine

Habitat: Wet or recently burned woods, rocky wooded slopes. [Rocky summits and outcrops (non-forested, upland); Dry barrens (partly forested, upland)]

Range: Local, eastern Quebec to Minnesota, south to New England and mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee.

Aids to Identification: This climbing, biennial vine is the only member of the climbing fumitory genus in our region. It is identified by its clusters of drooping white to purplish irregular flowers and pinnately divided leaves with lobed leaflets.

Ecological characteristics: Known in Maine from young beech/ash woods.

Phenology: Flowers June - October.

Family: Papaveraceae

Synonyms: None noted.

Photo: Leaves and flowers of Allegheny Vine

Known Distribution in Maine: This rare plant has been documented from a total of 13 town(s) in the following county(ies): Cumberland, Hancock, Knox, Oxford, Penobscot, Waldo, York.

Dates of documented observations are: 1860, 1890, 1904, 1915, 1926, 1928, 1931, 1933, 1949, 1971, 1986, 1988, 1997, 2000

Reason(s) for rarity: Scarce throughout its range.

Conservation considerations: Conservation needs for this species are virtually unknown.