Vitis mustangensis

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Scientific Name Vitis mustangensis USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Mustang Grape ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Vitaceae (Grape) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Various soil types; stream bottoms, woodland edges, fencerows, thickets, lowland woods, disturbed areas.
Plant: Vigorous high-climbing vine, sparsely branched; older bark exfoliating in shreds and young branchlets hairy (white-tomentose); tendrils along length of branchlets.
Leaves: Broadly cordate to nearly reniform, 2-3/8 to 5-1/2 inches long and about as wide; petioles 1/2 to 3/4 as long as blades; usually unlobed but sometimes deeply 3 to 5 lobed with pointed tips; new leaves covered with small white hairs (tomentose), upper surface of older leaves usually glossy or floccose, lower surfaces white-tomentose.
Inflorescence: Thyrse 2 to 4-3/4 inches long opposite a leaf; many very small flowers with 5 green petals, 5 protruding stamens with cream-yellow anthers and bright yellow stigma.
Bloom Period: April to June.
Fruit: Fruiting August to September; grape about 1/2-inch diameter; tough, purple-black to light-colored skin; generally bad-tasting. References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and Flora of North America.
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