Nekemias arborea

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Pepper vine
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Vitales
Family: Vitaceae
Genus: Nekemias
N. arborea
Binomial name
Nekemias arborea
(L.) J.Wen & Boggan

Nekemias arborea, commonly known as pepper vine, is native to the Southeastern United States, Texas, and New Mexico. It spreads rapidly, climbing up trees and bushes. Although it is attractive, its rapid growth and ability to pull down trees makes it a nuisance if not strictly confined.[1]


Its synonyms include: Ampelopsis arborea (L.) Koehne, Ampelopsis bipinnata Michx., Ampelopsis pinnata DC., Cissus arborea (L.) Des Moul., Cissus bipinnata Elliott, Cissus orientalis Lam., Cissus stans Pers., Hedera arborea (L.) Walter, Nekemias bipinnata Raf., Vitis arborea L., Vitis bipinnata Torr. & A.Gray, and Vitis orientalis (Lam.) Boiss.


Nekemias arborea is used as an ornamental plant in gardens.


  • Pink, A. (2004). Gardening for the Million. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.

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