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[CÉbatha Forsk. Fl. AEgypt. 171 Hyponym. 1775.]
[Cocculus DC. Syst. Veg. 1: 515. 1818.]
Petals 6, shorter than the sepals, concave. Stamens 6; anthers 4-celled or 4-lobed. Pistils 3-6, sometimes accompanied by sterile filaments; styles erect; stigma entire. Drupe globose or ovoid, the stone flattened, curved. [Greek, referring to the climbing habit.]
A genus of about 11 species, mainly of tropical regions, two or three in the temperate zones. Type Species: Epibatcrium pendulum Forst.
A slender vine, trailing, or climbing to the height of several feet, the stem glabrous or pubescent. Leaves broadly ovate, 2'-4' long, cordate or rounded at the base, entire or lobed, acute or obtuse, sometimes densely pubescent beneath, mainly glabrous above; petioles slender, 1'-4' long; panicles axillary and terminal, loose, 1'-5' long; flowers about 1" broad; drupe red, laterally flattened, 2"-3" in diameter, the stone curved into a closed spiral, crested on the sides and back.
Along streams, Virginia to Illinois and Kansas, south to Florida and Texas. Red-berry moonseed. June-Aug.