Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Vitis cinerea Engelm.
- Family: Grape (Vitaceae)
- Flowering: May-June
- Field Marks: This grape is very similar to Vitis aestivalis, which also has cobwebby hairs on the
lower surface of the leaves, but differs by its angular branchlets.
- Habitat: Low woods, floodplains, along streams, marshes, bottomlands.
- Habit: Woody vine with tendrils.
- Stems: Climbing, angular, usually hairy; bark at maturity becoming shredded.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, coarsely toothed or 3- to 7-lobed, cobwebby white-hairy on the lower
surface, at least when young, up to 10 inches long, up to 8 inches wide; leaf stalks with cobwebby
- Flowers: Many, small, in narrow panicles up to 8 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 1/5 inch in diameter, containing 1-2 seeds.
- Notes: The berries, although acidic, are edible.
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