Sunday, July 20, 2014

Vitis chungii - Fujian Jianxi Grape

General Information
Common Name Fujian Jianxi Grape
Scientific Name Vitis chungii
Sun Tolerance Full Sun
Height Over 5 m (Over 16 ft)
Spread 2 -3 m (6.5 - 10 ft)
Growth Rate Fast
Bloom Time Spring
Color Green,
Flower Color Yellow
Type Creepers & Climbers
Native United StatesEurope
Classification
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
SuperdivisionSpermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rhamnales
Family Vitaceae – Grape family
Genus Vitis L. – Grape
Species V. chungii

Vitis chungii - Fujian Jianxi Grape
Vitis chungii common name is Fujian Jianxi Grape. It is a polygamo-dioecious species of wild grape and mainly native to China. It is a forest inhabitant, 200–1000 meters above sea-level, on hillsides, in valleys, or other areas having wild, shrubby growth. It bears globular, ruddy-purple berries, 8–10 mm in diameter. The leaves are green. Leaf blade ovate-elliptic or ovate-lanceolate, size are 4-15 x 2-8 cm. and abaxially glabrous. Also veinlets raised, glabrous, base truncate, rounded or subrounded. They are rarely subcordate. Leaves margin sparsely 7-9 toothed on each side, the teeth sharp. Panicles leaf-opposed, terete, 3.5-10 cm, basal branches poorly developed; peduncle 1.5-2.5 cm, pubescent when young, then glabrescent. Pedicel 1-2.5 mm, glabrous. It blooms yellow flowers in spring. 




Fujian Jianxi Grape Flowers


Fujian Jianxi Grape Leaves

Fujian Jianxi Grape

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Vitis girdiana - Desert Wild Grape

General Information
Common Name Desert Wild Grape
Scientific Name Vitis girdiana
Sun Tolerance Full Sun
Height Over 12 m (Over 40 ft)
Spread Over 3 m (Over 10 ft)
Growth Rate Fast
Bloom Time Spring
Color Green
Flower Color Green
Type Creepers & Climbers
Native United StatesEuropeAsia
Classification
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
SuperdivisionSpermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rhamnales
Family Vitaceae – Grape family
Genus Vitis L. – Grape
Species V. girdiana

Vitis girdiana -  Desert Wild Grape
Vitis girdiana is commonly known as the Desert Wild Grape also known as Valley Grape. It is native to the southwestern United States and Mexico. This species is a woody vine with a coating of woolly hairs, especially on new growth. It is very fast growing and heat tolerant. It grows over 12 m (Over 40 ft) in height. It is a climbing plants, it can grows up to 15 m (50 m) in length. The woolly leaves are heart-shaped to kidney-shaped with serrated edges and sometimes shallowly lobed. The leaves are fuzzy underneath and resemble a heart in shape, with cerrated edges to the pointy tip. The leaves turn to a dark red in the fall, bringing birds along with to feed on the berries before the onset of winter.  It blooms in Spring and flower color is greenish-white. The inflorescence is a panicle of unisexual flowers. The fruit is a spherical black grape usually not more than 8 millimeters wide. It has silvery foliage and attractive black fruit. The grapes are tasty for people and wildlife. Vitis girdiana is a great bird plant, for western bluebirds, California Thrashers and other berry eating birds of summer.  It grows in canyon and stream bank habitat. 
The Cahuilla used it fresh, cooked, or dried into raisins, and also used for made refreshing drinks. People also like Desert Wild Grape plant in their garden as a shade plant.



Desert Wild Grape Leaves

Desert Wild Grape Flower

Desert Wild Grape Flowers

Desert Wild Grape Flowers

Desert Wild Grape Green Fruits

Desert Wild Grape Ripe Fruits

Desert Wild Grape Ripe Fruits

Desert Wild Grape Fruits

Desert Wild Grape Bark

Desert Wild Grape as Shade Plant

Birds like Desert Wild Grape

Desert Wild Grape

Desert Wild Grape