Vitis

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Woody deciduous vines; tendrils simple or 2-branched. Leaves alternate, simple, palmately lobed to varying extents; stipules caducous. Inflorescences of usually slender, leaf-opposed panicles comprising few to many compact cymes. Flowers bisexual or unisexual (male), 5-merous; sepals united into a short skirt-like calyx; petals cohering apically and falling as a unit at anthesis; disc 5-lobed; stamens usually longer than sepals and petals; ovary 2-locular, adnate to disc, ovules 2 per cell; stigma simple, sessile. Berry usually 2–4-seeded (many cultivars seedless).

About 65 species from Asia, Europe and North America; 1 species weakly naturalised in Australia. In nature, most species of Vitis are dioecious, but commercially grown plants have hermaphrodite flowers.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-05
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-05
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Vitales
family Vitaceae
Higher taxa
genus Vitis
Subordinate taxa