Ampelopsis cordata


Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 159. 1803

Common names: Raccoon or false grape
Synonyms: Vitis indivisa Willd.
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 19.
Lianas, moderately high climbing. Branchlets green, glabrous. Leaves simple; petiole ± equaling blade; blade ovate, 5–12 × 4–9 cm, usually unlobed, sometimes shallowly 3-shouldered, base truncate to subcordate, margins coarsely and irregularly serrate, apex acute to acuminate, surfaces glabrous or abaxial surface sparsely puberulent. Inflorescences ± equaling to longer than leaves. Flowers yellowish green. Berries ripening from green to orange, rose, purple and finally blue, subglobose, 6–10 mm diam. 2n = 40.

Phenology: Flowering late Apr–Jun; fruiting Jul–Sep.
Habitat: Stream and riverbanks, floodplain forests, wet woodland borders, lowland thickets, fencerows.
Elevation: 0–1000 m.


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Ala., Ark., Fla., Ga., Ill., Ind., Iowa, Kans., Ky., La., Md., Miss., Mo., Nebr., N.C., Ohio, Okla., S.C., Tenn., Tex., Va., W.Va.


Reports of Ampelopsis cordata from Connecticut (for example, G. C. Tucker 1995) are based on misidentified material of A. aconitifolia.

Selected References


Lower Taxa


Facts about "Ampelopsis cordata"
AuthorMichael O. Moore† + and Jun Wen +
AuthorityMichaux +
Common nameRaccoon or false grape +
DistributionAla. +, Ark. +, Fla. +, Ga. +, Ill. +, Ind. +, Iowa +, Kans. +, Ky. +, La. +, Md. +, Miss. +, Mo. +, Nebr. +, N.C. +, Ohio +, Okla. +, S.C. +, Tenn. +, Tex. +, Va. + and W.Va. +
Elevation0–1000 m. +
HabitatStream and riverbanks, floodplain forests, wet woodland borders, lowland thickets, fencerows. +
IllustrationPresent +
Illustration copyrightSmithsonian Institution +
IllustratorAlice Tangerini +
PhenologyFlowering late Apr–Jun + and fruiting Jul–Sep. +
Publication titleFl. Bor.-Amer. +
Publication year1803 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V12/V12 1062.xml +
Special statusIllustrated + and Endemic +
SynonymsVitis indivisa +
Taxon familyVitaceae +
Taxon nameAmpelopsis cordata +
Taxon parentAmpelopsis +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 12 +