|Vitis cinerea - Winter Grape|
Vitis cinerea common name is Winter Grape, also known as Possum Grape. It is a variety of grape is native to USA. It grows in Oklahoma and Texas. It has small black berries that are mildly unpleasant to eat. This is woody perennial vine that grows up to 12 m ( 40 ft). It is a lees branching vain. It usually climbs over small trees, shrubs, or fence rows, if not get any support it sprawls across the ground. It usually A mature vine will develop a woody base with shaggy bark, but younger branches are more slender and less shaggy.
There is a strong floral scent that is quite sweet. Each pistillate or perfect flower is replaced by an ovoid fruit containing 1-3 brown seeds. Initially this fruit is small and green, but it eventually becomes larger (about 8-20 cm long). The fruits are juicy and black. The black surface of the fruit lacks a whitish bloom. The fruits of Winter Grape are sweet-tart when mature and edible. Each seed is 3-5 mm. in length. The ripened fruit is very popular with many upland game birds and songbirds, particularly those that inhabit shrubby or wooded area. The fruit is a food source for several mammals.