Mikania scandens

Key Characteristics

Twining herbaceous vine of floodplains; leaves opposite and deeply cordate with an acuminate tip, palmately veined; flowers small and white, on axillary peduncles.

Status and Rank

  • State Status: T
  • State Rank: S1
  • Global Rank: G5


County NameNumber of OccurrencesYear Last Observed
Distribution map for Mikania scandens

Updated 5/15/2018. Information is summarized from MNFI's database of rare species and community occurrences. Data may not reflect true distribution since much of the state has not been thoroughly surveyed.


Known from a late 19th century record from the Muskegon State Game Area, where a brief survey in 1994 was unsuccessful in locating it in wetlands along the Muskegon River. Rediscovered in 2012 in openings and buttonbush depressions within the floodplain forest.

Natural Community Types


For each species, lists of natural communities were derived from review of the nearly 6,500 element occurrences in the MNFI database, in addition to herbarium label data for some taxa. In most cases, at least one specimen record exists for each listed natural community. For certain taxa, especially poorly collected or extirpated species of prairie and savanna habitats, natural community lists were derived from inferences from collection sites and habitat preferences in immediately adjacent states (particularly Indiana and Illinois). Natural communities are not listed for those species documented only from altered or ruderal habitats in Michigan, especially for taxa that occur in a variety of habitats outside of the state.

Natural communities are not listed in order of frequency of occurrence, but are rather derived from the full set of natural communities, organized by Ecological Group. In many cases, the general habitat descriptions should provide greater clarity and direction to the surveyor. In future versions of the Rare Species Explorer, we hope to incorporate natural community fidelity ranks for each taxon.

Associated Plants

Little data is available from Michigan. In the Chicago region, this species is known from bottomlands, where it occurs with such species as silver maple, buttonbush, black willow, Virginia rice cut grass, pumpkin ash, and false dragonhead.


The primary need for this species at present is continued status surveys to determine if extant populations can be discovered. If found, maintenance of the hydrology and forest canopy is likely to be important.

General Survey Guidelines

Random meander search covers areas that appear likely to have rare taxa, based on habitat and the judgment of the investigator.

Survey Methods

Page Citation

Michigan Natural Features Inventory. 2007. Rare Species Explorer (Web Application). Available online at http://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/explorer [Accessed Aug 16, 2018]


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