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Pueraria montana (Lour.) Merr.
KUDZU
Pueraria lobata

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Pueraria montana, whole plant - in flower - general view
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Pueraria montana, whole plant - in flower - general view
Pueraria montana, leaf - basal or on lower stem
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Pueraria montana, leaf - basal or on lower stem

Pueraria montana, stem - showing leaf bases
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Pueraria montana, stem - showing leaf bases
Pueraria montana, whole plant - in flower - general view
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Pueraria montana, whole plant - in flower - general view

Pueraria montana, leaf - margin of upper + lower surface
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Pueraria montana, leaf - margin of upper + lower surface
Pueraria montana, whole plant - in flower - general view
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Pueraria montana, whole plant - in flower - general view

Pueraria montana, whole plant - in flower - general view
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Pueraria montana, whole plant - in flower - general view
Pueraria montana, inflorescence - whole - unspecified
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Pueraria montana, inflorescence - whole - unspecified

Pueraria montana, inflorescence - lateral view of flower
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Pueraria montana, inflorescence - lateral view of flower
Pueraria montana, inflorescence - frontal view of flower
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Pueraria montana, inflorescence - frontal view of flower

Pueraria montana, inflorescence - frontal view of flower
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Pueraria montana, inflorescence - frontal view of flower
Pueraria montana, fruit - lateral or general close-up
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Pueraria montana, fruit - lateral or general close-up

Pueraria montana
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Pueraria montana
Pueraria montana, seeds
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Pueraria montana, seeds

Associates · map
FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Membracidae  Cyrtolobus clarus @ UDCC_TCN (1)
Synchytriaceae  Synchytrium minutum @ BPI (1)
_  Megacopta cribraria @ MEMU_ENT (33); AMNH_IZC (11)

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Pueraria lobata (Willd.) Ohwi - Kudzu

Pueraria lobata plant

Family - Fabaceae

Stems - Vining, trailing or climbing, somewhat woody, villous to hirsute.

Pueraria lobata stem Twining stem.

Leaves - Alternate, trifoliolate, long-petiolate. Leaflets ovate, orbicular, or rhombic, entire or lobed, pubescent below, glabrous above, to 15cm long. Petiolule of middle leaflet much longer than those of lateral leaflets, all are pubescent (villous).

Pueraria lobata leaf

Inflorescence - Indeterminate, axillary raceme to +20cm long.

Flowers - Papilionaceous. Corolla blue-purple on outer surface, reddish-purple on interior. Standard with yellow splotch at base. Fruits compressed, oblong to linear-oblong, to +7cm long, +1cm broad, villous, the hairs reddish.

Pueraria lobata flowers

Pueraria lobata calyx

Pueraria lobata fruits Fruits.

Flowering - August - October.

Habitat - Borders of wooded areas.

Origin - Native to Asia.

Other info. - Kudzu is one of the most famous weed pests in the south. The vines can cover entire wooded areas killing or stunting all the vegetation below with shade.
The species was originally brought to the U.S. as ground cover and fodder and now much research time is being devoted to its eradication.

Photographs taken next to Missouri Department of Conservation Building in Cassville, MO. 9-10-99, and in Reidsville, NC., 9-24-02.


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Kingdom Plantae  
 Phylum Magnoliophyta  
 Class Magnoliopsida  
 Order Fabales  
 Family Fabaceae  
 Genus Pueraria  
  Pueraria montana    (Lour.) Merr., 1935 
Provider: Ching-I Peng 
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Citation: Flora of Taiwan 2nd ed. 3: 356, 1993
Name Code: 203208
  
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