Caption: Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) is a native woody vine the grows on the edges of forests on the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Its name comes from the dark cross that is in the center of the light-colored pith inside of the stem. The tubular flowers are two to three inches long and an inch wide. They are visited by hummingbirds. Crossvine does grow on a variety of soils, but is found on the wetland soils of the refuge.
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of six national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Pocosin Lakes Visitor Center, located in Columbia, NC, is open 9am to 4pm whenever volunteer staffing is available.