WOODBINE

Parthenocissus vitacea
GRAPE FAMILY (Vitaceae)

Description
This native woody vine climbs over shrubs and other low vegetation with twining tendrils (B). The mature leaves are palmately compound with 5 shiny leaflets (A). The yellowish flowers form loose clusters (A). The fruit, on bright red stalks, resembles grapes (C). In the fall, its leaves turn wine red (D). The closely related Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) has tendrils with adhesive disks and usually dull upper leaf surfaces. River-Bank Grape (Vitis riparia) has similar fruit but very different leaves.

Occurrence
Grows in open woods, especially near water, flowering from May through July. In Fontenelle Forest, uncommon along the southern end of Stream Trail.

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