Etymology: Menispermum: Greek menis for "moon" and spermum for "seed"
Plants: perennial, 6'-10' tall, twining,
Leaves: alternate, on thin stalks, broadly oval with 3 shallow lobes
Flowers: white, tiny, 6-9-parted, sepals longer than the petals; inflorescence a branched, dense, cluster; blooms June-July
Fruits: blue/black, rounded, fleshy, 1/4" berry
Habitat: moist; woods, thickets
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 5, Wetland Indicator = FAC* USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos University of Wisconsin - Green Bay: Shrubs: Photos, descriptions, information Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"