Other names: Five-leaved Ivy, Five Finger, False Grape
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|Adhesive discs |
Typically, P. quinequefolia does not set much fruit. The fruiting stem will have a central axis with shorter stems with fruit branching off. The fruiting stem of P. vitacea continuously branches in two.
When not in fruit, these two species can be distinguished by 1) P. quinquefolia is pubescent on the underside of the leaf, while P. vitacea is glabrous, and 2) the tendrils of P. quinquefolia end in discs, enabling the vine to cling to flat surfaces, while P. vitacea can only climb by winding its tendrils on objects.
Seeds very similar to related grapes (Vitis spp.). See this page for information on how to distinguish these seeds.
Fruit ripening dates: July through October
Seed dispersal dates: August through February
- Species profile at USDA Plants Database
- Michigan Flora online species profile
- Virginia Creeper/Woodbine comparison -- Get Your Botany On
- A creeper by any other name - Audubon Guides (Julie Craves)
- Nomenclature of the Thicket Creeper, Parthenocissus inserta (PDF) -- Michigan Botanist
- University of Wisconsin-Steven Point Robert. W. Freckmann herbarium species profile
- University of Michigan Plant Diversity Website species profile
- University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Cofrin Center for Biodiversity Herbarium species profile
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