American Bittersweet

Celastrus scandens

''Celastrus scandens'', commonly called American Bittersweet or Bittersweet, is a species of staff vines that blooms mostly in June and is commonly found on rich, well-drained soils of woodlands.
American Bittersweet - Celastrus scandens I like to go back to the same places and photograph the same exact plants, lichens, etc. as they change over time. This is an example of that.

Early October:
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/57141/american_bittersweet.html

Late October: 
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/68211/american_bittersweet_-_celastrus_scandens.html

And, this current photo, which is from late November. I have a couple more to add to the series...

These fruits are poisonous to humans when ingested, but are favorites of birds.

Habitat: Growing in a grassy area next to a pond. American Bittersweet,Celastrus scandens,Fall,Geotagged,United States

Appearance

It has a sturdy perennial vine that may have twining, woody stems that are 30 feet or longer and an inch or more thick at the base. The stems are yellowish-green to brown and wind around other vegetation, sometimes killing saplings by restricting further growth. It has tiny, scentless flowers at the tips of the branches. It has colorful, orange fruits that are the size of a pea.
American Bittersweet - Celastrus scandens These fruits are poisonous to humans when ingested, but are favorites of birds.

Habitat: Growing in a grassy area next to a pond.
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/68210/american_bittersweet_-_celastrus_scandens.html American Bittersweet,Celastrus scandens,Fall,Geotagged,United States

Naming

''C. scandens'' is native to central and eastern North America. It was given the name ''Bittersweet'' by European colonists in the 18th century because the fruits resembled the appearance of the fruits of Eurasian Nightshade, which was also called ''Bittersweet''. Today, ''American Bittersweet'' is the accepted common name of ''C. scandens'' in large part to distinguish it from an invasive relative, ''C. orbiculatus'' , from Asia.
American Bittersweet - Celastrus scandens Shriveled and worn after the long winter. 

Habitat: Streamside American Bittersweet,Celastrus scandens,Geotagged,United States,Winter,bittersweet

Uses

These fruits are poisonous to humans when ingested internally, but are favorites of birds. ''C. scandens'' roots were used by Native Americans and pioneers to induce vomiting, to treat venereal disease, and to treat symptoms of tuberculosis.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassEudicots
OrderCelastrales
FamilyCelastraceae
GenusCelastrus
Species