Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1667

Woody vine
Perennial
Polygamous

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in forests & woodlands, mostly upland, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate
Leaves have petioles.

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellowish-green
Bisexual & unisexual
Radially symmetrical
Calyx usually unlobed
5 petals
5 stamens, abortive in pistillate flowers
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Purple
Berry

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Vitales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Vitis aestivalis var. aestivalis   FAMILY Vitaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vitis aestivalis var. aestivalis   FAMILY Vitaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 120-02-005a:
Vitis aestivalis var. aestivalis   FAMILY Vitaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Summer Grape


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image of Vitis aestivalis var. aestivalis

JK Marlow    jkm0305m_05

May    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Opposite every 3rd leaf there is neither tendril nor flower cluster, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

image of Vitis aestivalis var. aestivalis

JK Marlow    jkm140601_342

May    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Vitis aestivalis var. aestivalis

JK Marlow    jkm140601_345

May    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Mature leaves glaucous beneath (tho sometimes rather obscured by pubescence), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Vitis aestivalis var. aestivalis

JK Marlow    jkm140601_345b

May    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Mature leaves slightly to strongly arachnoid-pubescent beneath, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Vitis aestivalis var. aestivalis

JK Marlow    jkm100730_219

July    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Leaves cordate to orbicular, unlobed or 3-5 lobes, dentate to crenate, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.


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image of Vitis aestivalis var. aestivalis

JK Marlow    jkm100730_222

July    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

image of Vitis aestivalis var. aestivalis

JK Marlow    jkm120727_861

July    Spartanburg County    SC

Lower leaf surface glaucous, pubescence white to more commonly rusty orange, per Upper Canopy Collection and Identification of Grape Vines (Vitis) from Selected Forests in the SE US (Everhart, 2010).

image of Vitis aestivalis var. aestivalis

JK Marlow    jkm160816_571

August    Oconee County    SC

Fruit 1/4"-3/8" in diameter, blue-black [at maturity] with glaucous bloom, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Vitis aestivalis var. aestivalis

JK Marlow    jkm160816_575

August    Oconee County    SC

Lower surface glaucous w arachnoid, floccose, whitish to rusty pubescence, per Upper Canopy Collection and Identification of Grape Vines (Vitis) from Selected Forests in the SE US (Everhart, 2010).

image of Vitis aestivalis var. aestivalis

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmvaestivalis_huger

Month Unknown    Berkeley County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest