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1. Parthenocissus quinquefolia (L.) Planch. in DC.,Monogr. Phaner. 5:448. 1887.

Common Name: Virginia creeper.


  • Ampelopsis hederacea DC.
  • Ampelopsis quinquefolia Michx.
  • Cissus hederacea Pers.
  • Hedera quinquefolia L.
  • Vitis hederacea Ehrh.
  • Vitis quinquefolia Lamk.

    Climbing shrub, glabrous or young branches hirsute, reddish-purplish; tendril 5-8-branched. Petiole 3-8 cm long, ending in adhesive disc. Leaves 5-foliate, rarely 3-foliate. Leaflets elliptic-obovate to oblong, acuminate cuspidate or mucronate, cuneate, crenate-serrate, dark green above, and pale or ± glaucescent beneath, subcoriaceous, scarlet or reddish in autumn, glabrous or pilose beneath, 3-7 x 2-4 cm, lateral leaflets smaller, sometimes slightly oblique, petiolules 3-5 mm long. Inflorescence usually terminal, divaricate thyrsoides. Peduncle 1.5-2 cm long. Pedicels c. 3 mm long. Calyx cupular, c. 2 mm across, truncate. Petals 5, lanceolate, hooded at the apex, c. 3 mm long; stamens 2.5 mm long; disc inconspicuous, style thick, subulate; stigma short. Berry c.6 mm in diameter, bluish black in colour, globose or ovoid, ± pruinose, 1-3 seeded. Seed, more or less cordate.

    Fl. Per. June-August.

    Type: Described from N. America.

    Distribution: A native of North America. Cultivated in the gardens of Pakistan.


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