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Frost Grape

Vitis vulpina

Description:

Wild, old growth woody vine with (very sturdy) tendrils climbing and wrapping around hardwoods and pines in a mostly shaded mixed hardwood forest. Bark peels away easily from older sections of the vine. Clusters of purple to dark blue berries/fruits opposite leaves on stem. Leaves large (about the size of my hands) and somewhat heart shaped, smooth top surface, and very lightly lobed/serrated.

Habitat:

Wrapping around hardwoods and pines in a mostly shaded mixed hardwood forest.

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7 Comments

flowntheloop
flowntheloop 3 years ago

@Machi This dichotomous key led me to V. vulpina as well! http://artemis.austincollege.edu/acad/bi...

flowntheloop
flowntheloop 3 years ago

@Machi. I'm thinking Vitis vulpina right now. The seed shape matches vulpina as well. Cinerea was close, but I'm not leaning towards it as much. I will look at shuttleworthii.

Machi
Machi 3 years ago

I agree, not muscadines. Leaf shape and grape clusters don't look right. I do think it is a Vitis. Vitis cinerea, vulpina or shuttleworthii are also candidates. I wish Georgia had a plants atlas like Florida online so I could search through their species (http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Genus....) but at least they are near each other and it can give you some leads.

flowntheloop
flowntheloop 3 years ago

Could I get a link to that spotting?

flowntheloop
flowntheloop 3 years ago

@Brian38: I really thinking this is NOT muscadines. I have plenty growing on my property--and this is nothing like it. I'm thinking more along the lines of Frost grapes.

Brian38
Brian38 3 years ago

Nice find! Thanks for posting the leaf pics! found a spotting by bella in 2012 of same grape found West of Blue Ridge.

flowntheloop
Spotted by
flowntheloop

Georgia, USA

Spotted on Aug 27, 2017
Submitted on Aug 27, 2017

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