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Vitis monticola Buckley
Sweet mountain grape, Champin Grape
Synonym(s): Vitis aestivalis var. monticola, Vitis champanii, Vitis foexana, Vitis montana, Vitis texana
USDA Symbol: VIMO2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A climbing vine growing in soils underlain with limestone. Similar to the Spanish Grape (Vitis cinerea var. helleri) but with smaller leaves and shorter flower clusters. Leaf blades as broad as long, up to 4 inches in either direction, but usually less, roughly triangular to broadly heart shaped. Flowers in typically forked clusters up to 3 inches long, blossoming in May and June. Grapes up to 1/2 inch in diameter, in compact bunches, ripening in August and September, sweet tasting. Commonly black when completely ripe. But also reddish forms.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Vine Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun
, TX Native Habitat:
Streambeds and limestone areas; Coryell, Bosque, Palo Pinto counties
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Sun Conditions Comments:
Sweet Mountain Grape fruits September-October, and is endemic
to Texas. The vines can climb to large heights.
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Edible plants native to Austin, TX
August 05, 2009
I am a chef from Buenos Aires Argentina visiting Austin, Texas and would like to learn about native, edible plants in the region.
Please let me know if there are any native, edible plants...
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Record Last Modified: 2010-11-13
Research By: LAL