Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Chameleon-plant - Houttuynia cordata   Thunberg
Members of Saururaceae:
Only member of Houttuynia in NC.
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DistributionThere are no specimens at the SERNEC database, nor is it included in FNA (1997). BONAP maps it in Orange County. Website editors seek specimen confirmation for this alien species.

Native of estern Asia; in N.A. scattered from PA to FL and TX.
AbundanceVery rare.
IdentificationChameleon-plant has heart-shaped leaves with impressed nerves. The flowers stand above the leaves, composed of a dense short spike of stamens and ovaries, subtended by 4 white petal-like bracts.
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