Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Vitis aestivalis Michx.
- Family: Grape (Vitaceae)
- Flowering: May-June
- Field Marks: The distinguishing features of this grape are the cobwebby hairs on the lower
surface of the leaves and the branchlets round in cross-section.
- Habitat: Moist or dry soils in woods, thickets, floodplains, lowland woods, along streams, thickets,
on stabilized dunes.
- Habit: Woody vine with tendrils.
- Stems: Climbing, round in cross-section, usually hairy; bark at maturity becoming shredded.
- Leaves: lternate, simple, usually 3-, 5-, or 7-lobed, toothed, cobwebby white-hairy on the lower
surface, particularly when young, up to 8 inches long, up to 6 inches wide; leaf stalks with cobwebby
- Flowers: Many, small, in narrow panicles up to 6 inches long; some flowers with both stamens
and pistils, others with one or the other, sometimes the two sexes on separate plants.
- Sepals: 5, united, green, very small.
- Petals: 5, free from each other, greenish yellow.
- Stamens: 5.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Berries black, spherical, up to 1/2 inch in diameter, containing 2-3 seeds.
- Notes: The berries are sweet and edible.
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