Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Vitales
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Learn more about American Ampelopsis from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 120-03-003:
Ampelopsis cordata FAMILY Vitaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
American Ampelopsis, Heartleaf Peppervine, False-grape, Raccoon-grape
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JK Marlow jkm150519_077b
May Calhoun County SC
Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve
Inflorescence noticeably broader than long. Flower petals separate, per www.missouriplants.com (Tenaglia).
Terry Holdsclaw tdh_ampelopsis_cordatab
May Chester County SC
Landsford Canal State Park
Leaves simple, grape-like, not lobed, to 12cm long and 9cm wide, per Weakley's Flora.
Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_ampelopsis_cordata_3
The fruit is a blue berry, not edible by humans, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide (Lance, 2004).
Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Flora of North America
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Climbing woody vine
Habitat: Moist forests, bottomlands, and thickets, particularly where disturbed, per Weakley's Flora
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Uncommon in SC, rare in GA & NC
CLICK HERE to see a map, notes, and images from Weakley's Flora of the Southeastern US.
Click here to see a map showing all occurrences known to SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria. (Zoom in to see more detail.)
Saucer-shaped calyx, lobes usually obsolete
5 stamens, abortive in pistillate flowers
Bisexual & unisexual
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast (Foote & Jones, 1989) p092
- Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge (Lance) p20
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide (Lance, 2004) p061
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