Vitis mustangensis Buckl.

  • Family: Vitaceae (grape)
  • Common name: mustang grape
  • Synonym: V. candicans

    High-climbing woody vine. Branches white-tomentose when young, becoming glabrous. Tendrils branched. Leaves broadly triangular-ovate or reniform-ovate, 6-14 cm (2.4-5.5 in) long and as wide or wider, white-tomentose on both surfaces when young but becoming almost glabrous above, basal sinuses open or subtruncate, sinuately and shallowly toothed, almost entire to deeply lobed. Inflorescence a dense compound panicle 5-12 cm (2-4.7 in) long, flowering in spring. Fruits 15-20 mm (0.6-0.8 in) in diameter, usually purple-black and not glaucous, sometimes with a disagreeable flavor.

    Distribution: Native to Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.
    Habitat: forest margins, fencerows, etc.
    NWI status: none
    Comment: Vitis is the old Latin name for grape; mustangensis is derived from mesteņo, Spanish for strayed or feral, although the term is usually applied to horses.

    Distribution in Oklahoma:

    Last update: 9/22/99
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