Photographer: Steve C. Garske
Humulus lupulus L.
common hop, hop
Humulus: Latin name of uncertain origin, may have descended from Low German word humela, hop; which is the common name of this genus placed by Munz in the Moraceae or mulberry family, but moved by Jepson along with Cannabis into the new family Cannabaceae.
lupulus: literally a "small wolf," alluding to the plant's habit of climbing over and smothering trees on which it grows. H. lupulus is the European hop and was once called "willow-wolf" because of its propensity for climbing on willows
|Plant: ||twining, perennial, up to 30' tall, herbaceous vine|
|Flower: ||green, 5-parted; inflorescence branched clusters from the leaf axils, male flowers loosely arranged, female more compact and fewer; blooms July-Aug.|
|Fruit:||sepals overlapping the dry seed|
|Leaf:||opposite, stalk shorter than the leaf blade; main leaves 3-lobed, as wide as long, and with a heart-shaped base|
|Habitat: ||moist; disturbed sites, woods, fencerows|