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Vitis cinerea var. floridana

Vitis cinerea (Engelm.) Engelm. ex Millard var. floridana Munson

Vitis austrina Small

Vitis simpsonii Munson 1887 non 1890

Vitis sola L.H. Bailey

Simpson’s Grape, Florida Pigeon Grape, Florida Grape, Currant Grape

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderRhamnalesBuckthorns, oleasters, grapes, others
FamilyVitaceaeGrape family
GenusVitisLatin for “the vine”
SpeciescinereaAshy-gray in color, usually in reference to foliage
var.floridanaFound in Florida

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This species of grapevine is native to the southeastern United States. It prefers damp habitats.

Identification: Florida grape closely resembles summer grape (Vitis aestivalis). Florida grape has leaf blades 2-8" (6-20 cm) in size, on petioles of roughly equal length. Leaf undersides are not glaucous. Its grapes are black, not (or slightly) glaucous, and ⅛-¼" (4-8 mm) in diameter. Flowers are in clusters 4-10" (10-25 cm) in size. Vine branchlets are ⅛-¼" (4-8 mm) wide, and angled. Flowering occurs in May-Jun.

 

Vitis cinerea (Simpson’s Grape, Florida Pigeon Grape, Florida Grape, Currant Grape)

Thanks to Charlie Davis in MD for correcting my misidentification. · 4/12/2015 · Shark Valley, Everglades National Park, FL
≈ 10 × 7" (25 × 16 cm)

Vitis cinerea (Simpson’s Grape, Florida Pigeon Grape, Florida Grape, Currant Grape)

(The white flowers are climbing hempvine.) Thanks to Charlie Davis in MD for correcting my misidentification. · 4/12/2015 · Shark Valley, Everglades National Park, FL
≈ 10 × 7" (25 × 16 cm)

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Vitis aestivalis
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Vitis cinerea var. floridana
Common Name

Summer Grape

Simpson’s Grape
Plant Vines become woody, and can reach 70' (21 m) in length and 5" (12 cm) in diameter. Vine branchlets are angled.
Flowers Dense greenish panicles, appearing Apr-Jun. Flowering occurs in May-Jun. Flowers are in clusters 4-10" (10-25 cm) in size.
Leaves Alternate, 3-8" (7.6-20 cm) in size, and highly variable in shape. Leaf undersides are glaucous. Leaf stems (petioles) are 3-5” long. Leaf blades 2-8" (6-20 cm) in size, on petioles of roughly equal length. Leaf undersides are not glaucous.
Fruit Dark blue to black, somewhat glaucous, ¼-¾" (8-20 mm) wide, in large clusters. Grapes are not usually glaucous, ⅛-¼" (4-8 mm) wide, and black.
Range/ Zones

Habitats Drier areas. Damp areas.
Type Wild Wild

 

Online References:

Vitis cinerea var. floridana on florida.plantatlas.usf.edu

Vitis cinerea var. floridana on plants.for9.net

Vitis cinerea var. floridana on eFloras

Vitis cinerea var. floridana on the Encyclopedia of Life

Vitis cinerea (Simpson’s Grape, Florida Pigeon Grape, Florida Grape, Currant Grape)

Thanks to Charlie Davis in MD for correcting my misidentification. · 4/12/2015 · Shark Valley, Everglades National Park, FL
≈ 10 × 7" (25 × 16 cm)

Vitis cinerea var. floridana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 14 Jun 2017.

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Vitis cinerea (Simpson’s Grape, Florida Pigeon Grape, Florida Grape, Currant Grape)

Thanks to Charlie Davis in MD for correcting my misidentification. · 4/13/2015 · Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center, Everglades National Park, FL · By Susan M. Kent
≈ 4 × 2½' (1.2 × 0.8 m)

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