Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Climbing woody vine
Perennial
Polygamous

Non-native: northeast Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Rare

Look for it on riverbanks, in thickets and disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council
NC Botanical Garden
NC Department of Transportation
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Creamy-white
Bisexual & unisexual
Radially symmetrical
Saucer-shaped calyx, lobes usually obsolete
5 petals
5 stamens, abortive in pistillate flowers
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Blue/ Purple/ White/ Yellowish
Drupe

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Ampelopsis glandulosa   FAMILY Vitaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ampelopsis brevipedunculata   FAMILY Vitaceae

GREATER THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 120-03-002:
Ampelopsis brevipedunculata   FAMILY Vitaceae

LESS THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Ampelopsis heterophylla

GREATER THAN Vitaceae (Chen, Ren, and Wen, 2007)
Ampelopsis glandulosa var. brevipedunculata

 

COMMON NAME:
Porcelain-berry, Amur Peppervine


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picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm140523_135

May    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm140523_136

May    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

It is difficult to distinguish from a native grape based on leaf shape alone.

picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm140523_138

May    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Leaves may have multiple incised, rounded to scalloped lobes, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm140523_174

May    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm140528_225

May    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Young twigs pubescent, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm140528_251

May    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm140528_255

May    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm140609_671

June    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm140609_679

June    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Raised dots (lenticels) become corky and reddish, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm140609_682

June    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

New stems whitish green, smooth to lightly hairy, with swollen nodes, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm140609_684

June    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Leaves heart-shaped in outline but variable in form, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm140610_693695

June    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Pith is white, while native grape pith is brown, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm140622_137

June    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm100717_061

July    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm100717_065

July    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Flowers in numerous tiny-branched clusters (cymes) opposite new leaves, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm100717_067

July    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Leaves simple and palmately veined (grape-like), 3(-5) lobed, per Weakley's Flora.


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picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm150804_569

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Multi-colored fruits look like porcelain balls, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm150804_571

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Calyx saucer-shaped, lobes usually obsolete. Petals separate, greenish-yellow, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, image of Ampelopsis glandulosa

JK Marlow    jkm140930_982983b

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Fruits vary from white to yellow to pastel shades of green, blue and purple, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.