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   25 Jul 2024      ()
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Antigonon leptopus   (Coral Vine)

Antigonon leptopus  (POLYGONACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Aug-2022 (taxon update: none)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Antigonon leptopus - datasheet created on Aug-2022. Retrieved from on 25-Jul-2024

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Antigonon leptopusHook. & Arn.
Published in Bot. Beechey Voy. : 308 (1838)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Corculum leptopum (Hook. & Arn.) Stuntz
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] []

Plant Family :

Polygonaceae Juss. (The Dock Family)
24 species from the Polygonaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Coral Vine, Queen's wreath, Mexican Creeper

Maltese name(s) :

Maltese name not known

Status for Malta :

Persisting Alien. Introduced species for horticulture (flowering plants) or agriculture (herbs or fruiting trees) usually within the last 2 centuries and persist after their original location or site is abandoned. They do not widespread but usually remain as a single tree or a very localised population.

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: Nano-Phanerophyte ( small trees to large shrubs, usually <5 m )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected till the last update of this website (2/Mar/2022)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

April – October

Colour of Flowers:

Pink or Violet


Not particularly toxic

Name Derivation :

Antigonon: Literally meaning against (Anti-) and angle (-gonum) although their reference to the first plants with this name is unclear although it may refer to the zig-zag stems. (Greek origin )

Planting in rural areas :

Can be planted in rural areas according to ERA Guidelines

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Preferred habitat in Malta: Gardens and farm houses, occasionally persisting after cultivation is abandoned. Typically found on walls or scrambling over small trees.
Botanical Description: Plants herbaceous or base some-times woody. Stems climbing or sprawling by tendrils, branched, angular, to 15 m, sparsely to densely brownish- or reddish-pubescent or glabrous. Leaves: ocrea 0.2-2 mm; petiole often winged distally, 1-2.5(-5) cm, glabrate or pubescent; blade 5-14 × (2-)4-10 cm, base usually cordate, margins ciliate, apex acute to acuminate, glabrous or pubescent, especially on veins. Inflorescences 4-20 cm, axes puberulent to pilose; peduncle angular, 1-5 cm, puberulent to pilose. Pedicels articulated proximally, 3-5(-10) mm, glabrous or pubescent. Flowers: tepals ovate to elliptic, 4-8 × 2-6 mm, 8-20 × 4-15 mm in fruit, margins entire, apex acute. Achenes 8-12 × 4-7 mm, shiny.
Chromosome number: 2n=14, 40, 42-44, 48

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
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Species Images (8 images)
   Antigonon leptopus   -   Image Code: ATGLP-0.
   Antigonon leptopus   -   Image Code: ATGLP-1.
   Antigonon leptopus   -   Image Code: ATGLP-2.
   Antigonon leptopus   -   Image Code: ATGLP-3.
   Antigonon leptopus   -   Image Code: ATGLP-4.
   Antigonon leptopus   -   Image Code: ATGLP-5.
   Antigonon leptopus   -   Image Code: ATGLP-6.
   Antigonon leptopus   -   Image Code: ATGLP-7.

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