|Wild potato vine or man-of-the-earth|
Photo by Brad Slaughter
Perennial trailing or climbing vine of open dry woods; stem glabrous; leaves heart-shaped with an acuminate tip; flowers funnel-shaped, white with a reddish-purple center, large (8 cm).
Status and Rank
- State Status: T - Threatened (legally protected)
- State Rank: S2 - Imperiled
- Global Rank: G5 - Secure
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Updated 05/08/2013. 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 only from a few collections in southern Lower Michigan where habitat was noted as woods and thickets, open fields, roadsides, and sandy ground.
Natural Community Types
No associates for Michigan are currently known.
A status survey is recommended to compile more thorough habitat information. If found, it would likely benefit from activities that maintain a partially open canopy of oak savannas such as prescribed burning and control of excessive woody brush.
General Survey Guidelines
Random meander search covers areas that appear likely to have rare taxa, based on habitat and the judgment of the investigator.
- Meander search
Survey Period: From first week of July to fourth week of August
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