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Weird Ivy?

Posted by Kyacres Kentucky (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 10, 13 at 10:33

I have asked several of people as to what kind of vine or ivy this is growing. We put up a fence in April and before you know it the fence was covered. Anyone to give suggestions to what type of plant this is?

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RE: Weird Ivy?

Looks like sasparilla vine or some kind of smilax.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sasparilla vine

RE: Weird Ivy?

Changed my mind. Agree it's Chinese yam.
Clearer pics would've helped. Could not make out bulbils weren't actually fruit.

This post was edited by saltcedar on Sat, Aug 10, 13 at 12:35

RE: Weird Ivy?

After further inspection there is a tree on down the bank that the vines are coming from. The tree has weird branches, it has .. I don't know how to explain it, but like swirly tree branches? The previous owners of my home my great great grandparents had an apple orchard on the property, in 1923 they planted 14 trees around the fence lines. The location of this said tree and vine is in front of the house covering the 6 flights of stairs down the mountain side.

RE: Weird Ivy?

Whorled like this?

Here is a link that might be useful: Dogwood

RE: Weird Ivy?

Or could the vine be Chinese yam, Dioscorea polystachya? It seems to have the smilax-like vein pattern.

Kentucky considers it an invasive.

RE: Weird Ivy?

Hm that's what it is! Far as the tree, I'll have to get a picture of it .. I'm not that old, but I've only seen another one like it once. It has brown ropes. Trying to distinguish what would look nice, this coming fall I'm going to refurb the stairs and garage so all of it has to be cleaned up. But think this tree may be worth keeping, as for the Chinese yams, ah maybe not. Thanks everyone.

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