- Common Name(s):
- Rattanvine, Supplejack
- Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Vines
Berchemia scandens, commonly known as supple-jack, is a woody vine of the buckthorn family that features tough stems, greenish-white flowers and blue fruits. It is native from Virginia to Missouri south to Florida and Texas. It is typically found in (1) bottomland forests and swampy woods as a twining vine that climbs high into trees and (2) much drier upland limestone glades as a sprawling vine that trails along the ground. Stems have smooth gray-green bark. Ovate to elliptic leaves (to 2.5" long) have distinctive parallel pinnate veins. Small greenish-white flowers bloom in open terminal clusters in mid to late spring. The flowers give way to blue drupes (each 1/4" across) which mature in autumn. The drupes are inedible (mildly toxic) for humans. Supple-jack is the name for a strong pliant walking stick made from a plant such as this vine. Vine stems can also be used to make wicker products, hence the additional common name of rattan vine.
Regions: Piedmont, Coastal plains
Seasons of Interest:
Blooms: Spring Nut/Fruit/Seed: Fall
Wildlife Value: This plant is modertely resistant to damage from deer. It's fruits are high in calcium and are eaten by songbirds, small mammals and some large mammals during the winter.
- 20-60 ft.
- Full sun, part shade
- USA, NC
- Coastal Plain
- Poison Part:
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Unknown, but caution since related to some known toxic plants
- Toxic Principle:
- CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN
- Found in:
- Forest or natural area in open woods, along stream banks
NCCES plant id: 983