Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Parthenocissus vitacea (Knerr) A. Hitchc.
- Family: Grape (Vitaceae)
- Flowering: May-July
- Field Marks: Unlike the Virginia creeper (P. quinquefolia), the branched tendrils of this species do not end in adhesive disks. The leaves of the thicket creeper tend to be more shiny than those of the Virginia creeper.
- Habitat: Thickets, open woods.
- Habit: Climbing or scrambling vine with tendrils.
- Stems: Climbing or scrambling, up to several feet long; tendrils branched, not bearing adhesive disks at the tips.
- Leaves: Alternate, palmately compound, with 5 leaflets; leaflets elliptic to obovate, up to 6 inches long, pointed at the tip, tapering to the base, coarsely toothed, shiny on the upper surface, sparsely hairy on the lower.
- Flowers: Several in compound cymes.
- Sepals: 5, green, tooth-like, united below, about 1/20 inch long.
- Petals: 5, yellow-green, free from each other, 1/12-1/10 inch long.
- Stamens: 5.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Berries brown, up to 1/2 inch in diameter, more or less veiny, containing 1-4 seeds.
- Notes: There is a report of this species from California.
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