VITACEAE - Grape Family

Habit - shrubs or small trees, vines

Leaves alternate, simple, or compound

Flowers bisexual or unisexual, actinomorphic, infl. a raceme, panicle, or cyme






Fruit a berry


11 genera, 700 species
Largest genus is Cissus (300 species)

Vitis - grape
Parthenocissus - Virginia Creeper

Economic importance: grapes, wine, raisins

Diagnostic characteristics: woody, climbing by tendrils, infl. opposite leaves, fruit a berry



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