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Matelea decipiens (Alexander) Woodson. Deceptive Spinypod. Phen: Apr-Jun; Aug-Oct. Hab: Woodlands and thickets, generally over calcareous substrates. Dist: S. IL, c. MO, and se. KS south to LA and e. TX. Previous reported distribution eastwards in VA south to nc. GA and ne. MS appears to represent variability within M. caroliniensis (Fishbein & McDonnell in FNA, in prep.).

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Ar, GrPl, Il, Mo2, NcTx, Ok, McDonnell & Fishbein (2016); = Odontostephana decipiens Alexander – S; >< Gonolobus decipiens (Alexander) L.M.Perry – F, G; >< Matelea decipiens (Alexander) Woodson – C, K1, K3, K4, RAB, Tx, Va

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image of plant© Bruce A. Sorrie | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Bruce A. Sorrie | Original Image ⭷