Vitis rupestris

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Vitis rupestris, Scheele. Sand, Sugar, Rock, Bush, Currant, or Mountain Grape. Shrub, 2-6 ft. high, or sometimes slightly climbing, the tendrils few or even none, diaphragms plane and rather thin: lvs. reniform to reniform-ovate (about 3-4 in. wide and two-thirds as long), rather thick, smooth and glabrous on both surfaces at maturity, marked by a characteristic light glaucescent tint, the sides turned up so as to expose much of the under surface, the base only rarely cut into a well-marked sinus, the margins very coarsely angle-toothed, the boldly rounded top bearing a short, abrupt point and sometimes 2 lateral teeth enlarged and suggesting lobes: stamens in fertile fls. recurved laterally or rarely ascending, those in the sterile fls. ascending: cluster small, slender, open and branched: berries small (1/4 – 1/2 in. diam.), purple-black and somewhat glaucous, pleasant-tasted, ripe in late summer; seeds small and broad. Sandy banks, low hills, and mountains, S. Pa. to Tenn., Ind., Mo., Okla., and S. W. Texas. Var. dissecta, Eggert, is a form with more ovate lvs. and very long teeth, and a strong tendency toward irregular lobing. Mo.

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