Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Vitis palmata Vahl
- Family: Grape (Vitaceae)
- Flowering: June-July
- Field Marks: This grape has nearly smooth leaves and reddish branchlets.
- Habitat: Wet woods, sloughs, floodplains, swamps, along streams.
- Habit: Woody vine with tendrils.
- Stems: Climbing, usually slightly angular, smooth, the branchlets reddish; bark at maturity
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, often deeply 3- or 5-lobed, smooth on both surfaces except sometimes
for tufts of hairs in the leaf axils on the lower surface, up to 4 inches long, often nearly as wide;
leaf stalks smooth, red.
- Flowers: Many, small, in 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, shiny, spherical, up to 1/2 inch in diameter, containing 1-2 seeds.
- Notes: The berries are edible.
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