Campsis radicans (L ) Seem.— Trumpet-creeper
FAMILY: Bignoniaceae—the Trumpet-creeper Family
The Bignoniaceae are a moderately large group of plants comprised of trees, shrubs, and woody vines. Leaves: ordinarily opposite; flowers: bisexual, irregular. 2-lipped, and often showy; stamens: borne on the petals, typically 4. in 2 pairs; ovary: superior, 2-celled; Fruit: a 2-valved capsule; seeds: conspicuously winged.
PHENOLOGY: This plant blossoms during July and August.
DISTRIBUTION: Trumpet-creeper vines are showy plants that thrive in fertile soil in bright locations. They are occasionally cultivated and frequently escape into moist woods, along fencerows, and roadsides.
PLANT CHARACTERISTICS: A deciduous shrub or vine climbing by aerial roots; leaves: opposite, odd-pinnate; leaflets: toothed, 7-11; flowers: tubular, large, orange or scarlet, 6-8 cm long, produced in terminal, crowded inflorescences; calyx: unequally 5-toothed; corolla: 5-lobed, slightly 2-lipped.
POISONOUS PARTS: The leaves and flowers can cause contact dermatitis.
SYMPTOMS: Symptoms include skin inflammation, persistent blisters, and skin discomfort.
POISONOUS PRINCIPLES: Unknown.
CONFUSED TAXA: No other woody vine in the Commonwealth possesses the plant characteristics described above.
SPECIES OF ANIMALS AFFECTED: People are reported to react on contact with trumpet-creeper. It is doubtful that animals are affected.
TREATMENT: (23); (4); (26)