Is this a groundnut? Anyone?
Are these photos of the ever-elusive Apios americana?
I found this particular plant growing at Payne’s Prairie:
It was in a swampy area at the edge of a lake, just off the boardwalk so I couldn’t easily go rooting around for tubers. Plus, I don’t really like to do that sort of things in state parks… I’d rather leave all the vegetation alone for the birds, bees, beasts and tourists.
The vines had a reddish cast to them and seemed delicate. This is one of those plants I’ve been trying to track down for a while. I’m pretty certain this is a groundnut… but I just don’t know for sure.
Help me, loyal readers. You’re my only hope.