Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Ampelopsis cordata Michx.
- Family: Grape (Vitaceae)
- Flowering: May-June
- Field Marks: This vine has simple leaves usually truncate at the base, and flowers and fruits
in short, round-topped cymes.
- Habitat: Swamps, river and stream banks, damp thickets, floodplains, borders of wet
woodlands, low thickets, sand and gravel banks.
- Habit: High-climbing woody vine, usually with a few tendrils.
- Stems: Smooth or sparsely hairy when young, somewhat angular in cross-section, bearing
prominent, light-colored lenticels.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, ovate, coarsely toothed, pointed at the tip, truncate or heart-shaped
at the base, rarely 3-lobed, smooth, or with a few hairs on the veins of the lower surface.
- Flowers: Very small, several, in short, round-topped cymes; male and female flowers borne
- Sepals: 5, very small.
- Petals: 5, white, free from each other.
- Stamens: 5.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Berries spherical, blue to red-brown to greenish, up to 1/4 inch in diameter, with 1-2
seeds, not edible.
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