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Common Name: Field Bindweed

Other Names: Creeping Jenny, Small-flower Bindweed, Small Bindweed, European Bindweed, Greenvine

Species Name: Convolvus arvensis L.

Plant Type: Broadleafs/Herbaceous

Family Name: Convolvulaceae





Plant Facts  
Origin Eurasia
Duration Perennial
Season Warm
Distribution in the U.S. NE, SD, ND, KS, OK, TX, MN, IA, MO, MT, WY, CO, NM, AB, SK, MB
Distribution in Oklahoma Throughout the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics
    • Flowers: White or pink corolla, funnel-shaped (1.5-2.5 centimeters long); calyx campanulate, sepals obovate to oblong (3-5 millimeters long); 2 small bracts located 2-3 centimeters below the flower
    • Inflorescence: Solitary flowers or in cymes of 2-5, axillary, on peduncles
      (1-10 centimeters long)
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Leaf Type: Simple blades
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
    • Leaf Shape: Ovateoblong (1.5-10 centimeres long, 5-60 millimeters wide); bases hastate to cordate or sagittate, lobes pointed or blunt, spreading; margins entire or somewhat undulate, surfaces without hair; long-petioled (to 4 centimeters)
    • Stems: Vine; twining, trailing on the surface or climbing, slender, slight angled; often forming dense, tangled, mats; surfaces without hair to pubescent
    • Underground: Extensive root system (to a depth of 10 meters); rhizomes, creeping
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Flower Timing: June-September
    • Fruit Type: Capsule, subglobose to ovoid (5-7 millimeters in diameter), without hair, cells usually 2; seeds usually 4 (sometimes 1-3)
    • Seed: Ovoid (3-5 millimeters long), usually 1 rounded and 1 or 2 flattened sides, brownish-gray to black, dull, rough, without hair



Soil Type Varying
Habitat Throughout the Great Plains on both cultivated and uncultivated land; most common in small grain fields, waste places, gardens and roadsides


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