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Any of several vines of the closely related genera Cocculus and Menispermum, having small flowers and red or blackish fruit with crescent-shaped seeds.
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(Plants) any menispermaceous climbing plant of the genus Menispermum and related genera, having red or black fruits with crescent-shaped or ring-shaped seeds
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any climbing plant belonging to the genus Menispermum, of the family Menispermaceae, having greenish white flowers and crescent-shaped seeds.
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Noun1.moonseed - plant of the family Menispermaceae having red or black fruit with crescent- or ring-shaped seedsmoonseed - plant of the family Menispermaceae having red or black fruit with crescent- or ring-shaped seeds
family Menispermaceae, Menispermaceae, moonseed family - herbaceous or woody climbers
Canada moonseed, common moonseed, Menispermum canadense, yellow parilla - a woody vine of eastern North America having large oval leaves and small white flowers and purple to blue-black fruits
Carolina moonseed, Cocculus carolinus - woody vine of southeastern United States resembling the common moonseed but having red fruits
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
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Khat plant (Catha edulis Forsk) belongs to the family Celastraceae (moonseed) that is frequently cultivated in certain regions of the horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
Dauricine (C13; DL = 0.9, OB = 23.65, Caco-2 = 0.37) from Asiatic moonseed was reported to have significant antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects [46], and ergosterol (C14; DL = 0.72, OB = 14.29, Caco-2 = 1.47) [47] from the mushroom and isorhamnetin (C17; DL = 0.31, OB = 49.6, Caco-2 = 0.31) [48] were both found to have anti-inflammatory effects.
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Although Clematis species were not found within about 160 meters of deployed traps, several other vining forbs were found within 33 meters, including honeysuckle (Lonicera sp.), trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans), greenbriar (Smilax sp.), grape (Vitis sp.), and Carolina moonseed (Cocculus carolina).
They might be a bad-tasting, dangerous look-alike: moonseed. Known as Canada moonseed, but distributed throughout the entire eastern third of the United States as well as southeastern Canada, the plant's heart-shaped leaves and bluish-black fruit suggest wild grapes.
If you have Moonseed and Mistletoe, A Book of Poisonous Wild Plants in your school library, share it with your students.
Several herbaceous plants and woody vines, commonly regarded as forest herbs, were more prominent in 2008, including Aquilegia canadensis (columbine), Solidago ulmifolia (elm-leaved goldenrod), Sanicula odorata (common black snakeroot), Smilax tamnoides (greenbriar) and Menispermum canadense (moonseed) (Table 1).
vitacea, woodbine; Smilax hispida, green briar; Toxicodendron radicans, poison ivy; Menispermum canadense, moonseed; and Vitis riparia, riverbank grape.
Clinton Police Chief Mark Laverdure said a few concerned residents reported the use of a popular, local plant, Datura stramonium, also known as Thorn Apple, Loco Weed, Moonseed, Angel's Trumpet and Devil's Trumpet.
Moonseed (Menispermum canadense) All parts of plants poisonous particularly the berries.
Taxon (1) Habit Frequency Number Cuttings Dewberry (Rubus spp.) Woody 44.8 28 Greenbrier (Smilax spp.) Woody 5.6 27 Woody stems (unidentified) Woody 49.1 25 Savannah panicgrass (Phanopyrum Herbaceous 4.1 4 gymnocarpon) Butterweed (Senecio glabellus) Herbaceous 35.8 3 Willow oak (Quercus phellos) Woody 0.8 2 Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera Herbaceous 4.2 2 japonica) Violet (Viola spp.) Herbaceous 21.1 2 Red-berried moonseed (Cocculus Herbaceous 1.3 1 carolinus) Thistle (Cirsium spp.) Herbaceous 5.0 1 Water willow (Justicia ovata) Herbaceous 6.6 1 (1) Scientific names in accord with Kartesz (1994).