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Vitis monticola Buckley
Sweet Mountain Grape, Champin Grape
Vitaceae (Grape Family)
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Climbing stems up to about 40 feet long.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun
Native Habitat: Streambeds and limestone areas; Coryell, Bosque, Palo Pinto counties.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Conditions Comments: Sweet Mountain Grape fruits September-October, and is endemic to Texas. The vines can climb to large heights.
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Nueces River Authority - Uvalde, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
BibliographyBibref 354 - Native & Naturalized Woody Plants of Austin & the Hill Country (1981) Lynch, D.
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Vitis monticola in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Vitis monticola in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Vitis monticola
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-05-25
Research By: LAL